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So you want to be a dog owner?

Sunday Focus: So you want to be a dog owner?

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Sunday Focus: So you want to be a dog owner?

Goldie, a mixed breed, hangs out Tuesday with Dr. Kira Kautz at Westfield Small Animal Clinic.

Sunday Focus Podcast: So you want to own a dog?

You’ve grown up around dogs, or you keep finding yourself on the animal rescue Facebook page, swayed by the pouty eyes and cute snouts • You want your first dog • In case you didn’t learn gowing up from the number of children’s programs that touched on this subject, owning a dog is a serious responsibility • If you don’t want to end up back at the animal shelter or rescue with the dog you thought you’d call yours, dog companionship takes a lifetime commitment, research, budgeting and the perfect home for your breed • Area animal professionals — and some new owners themselves — weighed in on just what dog ownership entails.

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Sunday Focus: So you want to be a dog owner?

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Dr. Kira Kautz has been a veterinarian at Westfield Small Animal Clinic since 2011. To hear her tell it, first-time pet owners make up “lots” …

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Mary Chada and her husband, Chris, adopted their first dog in January, from the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha. Both had grown up around dogs, and they waited until they lived somewhere that allowed pets. They recently bought their first house.

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Jessica Sprague, vice president of local rescue Fur the Love of Paws and a volunteer at the North Platte Animal Shelter, knows that. But soon after someone takes home the dog they fall for at the shelter, sometimes the dog returns.

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