I myself have had a dog most of my life and my last dog was my constant companion. I now have two children a girl aged 15 and a boy aged 9. They just love dogs and visit the dog park so they can hang out with the dogs. Im not sure we are ready or able to have a dog full time so pet sitting is just perfect for all of us. My sons father has a beautiful boxer dog and the kids are always excited to see him but they just don't see him enough.