Bring that dog or cat indoors or don’t have one

Dear Readers: Today’s Sound Off is about leaving a pet outside all year. — Heloise

“Dear Heloise: One of my neighbors got a large dog and keeps it in their backyard. They claim that it’s too large to live in the house. If that’s the case, then Don’t get a large dog. It’s too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter to leave a pet outside all year. A doghouse does not provide the protection a dog needs. Besides the elements, animals get lonely.

“Dogs and cats need human interaction, so if you’re not willing to bring your pet indoors or feed it a healthy diet, then please don’t get a pet or watchdog or any animal at all.” — Elsa and Frank T., Tempe, Ariz.

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send money-or time-saving hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail: