Getnet and I were chatting while watching the puppy gamboling about the compound, looking for things to pee on/chew. He said "I think in the US it is different about dogs. They are like a family member, yes?" I admitted that yes, in the US pets were treated like furry children. I didn't get specific about multiple-thousand-dollar knee surgeries, cancer treatments, and dog psychotherapists. I figured the less known about our quirkiness with pets, the better. He said "Here it is very different, especially for female dogs. They are of no use. And they have puppies. Here if there is a female dog, people just put it out." I thought about the hundreds of street dogs I see with their ribs showing, and the several dead dogs by the side of the road on my last trip to Awassa. Then I thought about the overloaded donkeys, and shepherds beating sheep I see every day on my drives around town. Then I thought about the homeless people sleeping in the median on Bole Rd that I passed on my way to work yesterday, huddling barefoot under torn blankets in the 45-degree (F) cold. In a country where life is sometimes hard, it cuts across all species, human and otherwise.