PATTI LAWSON | Courtesy photo
Rusty, the author’s dog, keeps his American Kennel Club-approved toy turtle close. The turtle has nothing that can be of danger to Rusty.
When I adopted my dog, Sadie, the first thing I did was go shopping for all the items she could possibly need — and a lot of stuff, as a new dog mom, I thought she should have.
We bought the usual: a training crate, tennis balls, food, bowls, leashes and collars. We also took home mango-scented shampoo, treats, a few fancy collars, a couple very fine dog sweaters and enough toys for all the dogs in the neighborhood.
I’m not alone in this extravagance. United States pet owners spent more than $60 billion on their furry family members in 2016, according to the…