November 2007 I guess in Japan, you can just rent a dog, instead of buying one. The Telegraph, a British newspaper, lists the prices of pet rentals, from dogs, to cats, hamsters, turtles, and others. You can rent a dog for a day, for about $97.56 USD, or for a week for $371.69... Customers are provided with a small bag containing cleaning materials for cleaning up dog mess, as well as a drinking bowl for water. All food fed to the animals must be purchased from the store. I guess it's one way to get some quick friendship without the committment!