So sorry, but I have a lot of dumb questions and some damage control to do. My mother has told my son lots of dumb stuff, like she wipes her dog's butt and if you keep a dog in a crate for more than half an hour it'll get arthritis. So now my son, who has Asperger's and is somewhat rigid, doesn't want a dog! I think it will be so good for him on so many levels, plus we're all in love with the dog and want her. So I've been looking up stuff on line and encouraging him to do so. I've found no link re the arthritis. I also found lots of ppl who say No Way to wiping unless the dog is ill. And we looked up some anatomy facts. But Mom insists she sees ppl wiping dog butts all the time. DS now thinks of a dog as a walking butt hole and thinks having a dog must be unsanitary without the benefit of pants. He's somewhat sqeemish and germ phobic, verging on OCD at times, intermittant hand-washer, etc. So how gross is it to own a dog? Is it like with kids, a constant bathing of bodily fluids? Is it all the poo, pee, spit up, drool, blood, and guts of raising toddlers? Are dogs spitting up every time you turn around or leaving "skid marks" on all your furniture? I wish I was kidding but I'm totally not.