It's field trip season! As the school year starts to wind down, the field trips start to crank up. Moms and dads take a day off work to tote their tots to farms, fisheries and whatever else takes a kid's fancy.

I took a van-load of kids to the Northeast Missouri Humane Society in Hannibal this week. The Kids Who Care club at Holy Family School raised money and brought hundreds of dollars worth supplies to the shelter. They followed up with the tour. And that's where the tears began. My nine-year-old claimed to have fallen in love with at least a half dozen puppies. She wasn't the only youngster begging for a dog. The most popular pooches at the shelter are two white huskies named Arwen and Ben. Those sky blue eyes are hard to resist.

Sarah Deien

Owning a pet is a big decision and a huge family commitment. You shouldn't impulse adopt on a field trip. And don't fall for the line every kid uses about how they'll be solely responsible for the dog and his duties. That lasts about a week, or until the first time the dog does his doodie on the carpet. But if you have decided your household would be enhanced by a dog or cat, check with your local animal shelter first. You'll find a lot to love.

Sarah Deien