Puppy: Property or Family Pooch?

Seven years ago, I adopted my dog Lola, the cutest Pomeranian in the world. I was still in college and living in the dorms, where no dogs were allowed. My best friend agreed that we would share her: he would let her live with him, but I paid for Lola and all her paperwork was in my name. He housed her, and I came over every day between classes to take care of her. Needless to say, I pretty much lived with my friend and Lola and did not spend much time at the dorm. Lola came to live with me when I graduated, but she had lived with my friend for 18 months. Dogs are, in many states, considered property, and, now being in law school, I know leaving my “property” at my friend’s house for over a year could have jeopardized my claim to Lola. (Remember: possession is 9/10ths of the law!)

But is a dog property or a part of the family?… <Read More>