Every time there is a disaster in the world, photos of stranded, injured and abandoned animals inevitably surface on the Internet. Since Hurricane Katrina leveled New Orleans, it seems awareness of the plight of domesticated animals has increased. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan have produced their share of animal-survivor stories too.
I. Thou shalt keep thy dog current on his shots. Your dog can contract diseases from the things it tastes on the ground, from insects that bite him, and even from other dogs' saliva. For a few bucks, you can protect him from a miserable death. There are discount clinics all over the place, so sacrifice a few lattes for your dog.