I love pets. I had cats and dogs for 20 years; paid huge vet bills, loved the pets, but hated the mess. We're not a very tidy household, and I work from home. Wife and 7 year old daughter will leave me at home with this dog 70% of the year, and leave a mess in the backyard to clean and a dog to walk when it's -20. How do I get around this without being the bad guy? Maybe a foster house for pets? I like dogs better than cats, but cats are less work.