Yesterday, in downtown Baltimore, I saw a man walking a beautiful huge greyhound very similar to the one you see in the picture. I've never kept a pet and I never will. I believe that keeping an animal - especially one as big as this one - in a city apartment is incredibly cruel.
People who keep pets say they do this because they love animals. Their love for animals apparently motivates them to castrate their pets, take out ther nails, force them to live in a small enclosed space which they can only leave a couple of times a day for a brief walk (or, as happens with many cats, never), and lead a lifestyle that is completely unnatural to them.
I have no doubt that it must be nice to have a soft, cuddly toy that is alive, that loves you, that you can play with. But what these "animal lovers" forget is that these are live creatures. They are not toys. As humans, we are, of course, bigger and stronger, so there is nothing that would prevent us from modifying these poor animals to make them as convenient as possible. And this is horrible.
The poor greyhound I saw yesterday was straining on his leash, trying to run. The owner was struggling to restrain the animal and make it walk at a moderate pace that, yet again, would be more convenient to the owner. Of course, if anybody were to tell this man that he is torturing this unhappy creature, he would never believe it.