There are a lot of dog owners downtown shuffling with their pets to Court Square, Tom Lee, Greenbelt Park, Confederate Park, The Bluff Walk and every lot and strip of grass in between. You make a real commitment when you live downtown and make the decision to be a dog owner. Many people living downtown don't have yards so walks are necessary and no matter what the weather is you have to brave it early in the morning and late at night. Stayed out late at the bar and feel like going home and getting straight to bed? Forget it. Wake up in the morning and feel sick? Too bad, Spot has to go outside. It's pouring rain but the last time you walked the dog was 8 hours ago. Get the umbrella. But the little buggers are worth it, at least that's what Poppy tells me. Poppy is a chow-lab mix and a Pisces. Her hobbies include trying to kill squirrels (and in some cases, to my horror, actually killing squirrels), eating chicken bones and rib bones she finds on Main Street, barking at anything she hears in the hallway of my building, napping, compulsively licking people and over compensating for not having thumbs by opening all my lower kitchen drawers with her mouth while I'm at work. What's not to love?