i had a conversation tonight with a friend and we ended up talking about our pets. and i was talking about my ruby (in my avatar) and how she keeps getting out when i open the front door. i just figured she hated being cooped up inside and, after all, she's part beagle- so she likes to run around. and my friend said it was MEAN of me to keep her inside all the time, considering her breed and all. we can't have fences in our neighborhood and even those electrical ones seem a little odd to me. i take ruby out a few times a day for a walk around the neighborhood, and then she stays inside or just on our closed-in deck. i can't really take her out to play in the yard because the second she sees something she wants to chase, she's gone. (and she's a fast little thing...it's hard as heck to catch her). so am i being unfair to ruby, by keeping her as more of a house dog? does she deserve a better home, where she can run around more?! :s i mean, i love her to death and she's spoiled rotten...but i want what's best for her, you know? she's 6 years old and i want her years to be good.