i've been lurking over on the pit bull forum -- actually, was just trying to get the story behind this "tiger cub" thread and whatnot (same poster is having a problem with his dog)...anyway, some stuff was brought up about kids owning dogs and whether that was right or not. i was kinda curious what people over here thought about that. personally, i work at a shelter and i can't even begin to tell you how many calls we get each day from people hoping we'll take an animal off their hands. the most common reason (*cough*excuse*cough*) is that their son/daughter/uncle-in-law has become allergic to the dog/cat they've had for the past 10 years. however, we do get quite a few calls from parents who say their kids aren't taking the dog out for walks like they said they would....or the kids aren't scooping the litter box like they promised for months and months they would. my point is (if i have one) ... i'm sure there are responsible 12 year olds or 9 year olds or however-olds...but i really do believe these are the exception and not the rule. does any responsible breeder or shelter or anyone for that matter adopt their animals out to people under 18? i know we don't, and i think it's silly to think a 12 year old should be considered to have sole guardianship over something so serious as another living creature. so. i'm done rambling for now...just wanted to comment and see what others thought on the issue.