Some families seem to step away from the totally brainwashed cities and urban pollution to live a more down to earth life.
It is a chosen lifestyle. Maybe the same way that some individuals decide to become vegetarians or vegans?!
There is no real restriction.
Dog owners are like everyone else, they are after something new in order to have more fun than the usual walk in the park or playing with a ball.
What about running with your dog on a short or long distance? Dog friendly races do exist - check this site http://irondoggy.com/pages/organized-runs for all information and news.
Things can go the other way too; relaxing and yoga classes. Apparently "doga" is about yoga for dogs!
Traveling with your pet is also another option as there are dedicated pet friendly hotels and you can found a list HERE.
Dog friendly holidays are on the rise because no one wants to leave their beloved friend alone or in an expensive kennel for a few days or weeks.
In big cities such as London, dog friendly flats are becoming rare, difficult to find and getting very expensive when available. http://www.letswithpets.org.uk/ specializes in such requests.
...Mayfair-based agents EJ Harris say 10 years ago hardly any of their of their London tenants had dogs but today the figure is around 30%... Source
As landlords want to make sure that potential tenants and their dog(s) are well behaved a "pet CV" can be required (precise description of the pet with key facts regarding behaviour, health and grooming).
There is also the high deposit which can reach £25,000. These are for flats located near Hyde Park and Regent's Park.
So, why suddenly people want to get a dog? It is a bit of a trend linked to celebrities. George Clooney's wife for instance has been seen walking little pooches and automatically, people are after the same kind of things.
Whatever is on television and published in magazines, it will attract the attention. Fans/supporters like to associate themselves with VIP. It gives them a boost and a feeling of confidence maybe?!
Having a dog is fashionable again, which can be rather shocking as an animal shouldn't be considered as an accessory or object. Sadly, the 21st century is all about the look and image.
If you remember a few months back, Prince George was seen wearing Crocs (Crocs Kids's navy blue Crocband shoes) and within no time retailers sold out of that particular model.
It is about being like others who have a comfortable and safe lives. But why can't we be more individualist rather than following what people are doing?