First, it is grand that Sweetie and us are in the same 'hood. As for dog runs, Our puppy isn't quite that friendly as most puppies.
However, he is a kind human soul. When he departs he will no doubt join nirvana (without courtney love)
I think that once you reach the stage before you are released from the cosmic cycle you are allowed to remain for a short time as a dog. This is to teach the lessons to people who will not listen to anyone else but a pure soul.