It's almost Thanksgiving, which means you're going to hear a lot of people warn (quite correctly) that "a puppy is for LIFE not just for Christmas."
Agreed.... with one small exception.... the "Emotional Response Puppy" from Hammacher Schlemmer.
Yes, Hammacher Schlemmer -- the toy catalogue for rich folks.
There, for the modest sum of $99.95, you can buy The Emotional Response Puppy:
This is the plush puppy that mimics a real canine's behavior when it feels a child's touch or hears a sound. Beneath the puppy's soft, furry coat are sensors in its paws, head, and back that, along with a built-in microphone, trigger lifelike canine responses when it is patted, tickled, or hugged. Depending on how it perceives the touch or sound, it opens its mouth while panting or barking, wiggles its ears, blinks its eyes, or enthusiastically wags its tail (Play Video). The puppy's actions are accompanied by any of 18 lifelike sounds, from a playful bark or a peevish grumble to a curious snuffle or a forlorn whimper. When ignored for several minutes, it takes a snore-emitting nap, sleeping soundly until a touch or noise rouses it. Poseable front legs let it sit or lie down. Includes 4 C batteries. Ages 6 and up. 18 3/4" H x 10" W x 18 1/2" D. (3 lbs.)
A perfect solution for a lot of people, and for a wide variety lot of reasons.
So spread the word, and tell folks not to delay!
Oh, and the breed? Bella (pictured) is a Portugese Water Dog puppy, and there appears to be a Golden Retriever puppy available by the name of "Buddy."
No inbreeding or health problems with these ones, though -- just replace the batteries once in a while!