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Of course the article says explicitly that the study did not include this in the calculation. And it did not include the exhaust from the SUV. If it did include both, then Fido's footprint probably begins to look significantly smaller than the SUV. - salaryguru

It might also have something to do with the size of the canine. My dog, Hardy, probably weighs between 16-20 lbs. He is a mixture between a rat terrier and a Cairn Terrier. Our neighbors dog, Lady, is a purebred yellow Labrador Retriever and probably weighs a good 80+ lbs. There has got to be some difference.

But to be perfectly honest, I don't think I really care all that much. The truth is that I have really enjoyed the nice mild snow free winters we've had the last few years and I'm hoping they continue. It makes it a whole lot safer for my beloved to drive to work so she can continue to support me in the manner to which I've grown accustomed.

I also wouldn't mind if the ocean rose enough to come up to middle Alabama so I wouldn't have to drive so far to get to the beach; not to mention I think I would enjoy being able to grow mangoes, guavas, pineapples, and citrus trees & fruit in Middle Tennessee.

And yes, I know I'm somewhat selfish but I did run out and get a vasectomy when I was 27 years old so at least the selfishness stops with me. I'm not leaving any offspring to continue my self obsessed lifestyle.

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