I'm proud to say that I have been a dog owner since I was seven years old. My first dog was a German Schnauzer named Duncan, who was always by my side.

Then, I owned a high-string Jack Russell Terrier, named Oliver; who always wanted to play and never stood still. He was perfect for high school me.

My parents still own a maltipoo named Kasper, who is a b all of energy, and always happy.

Now, my fiancée and I are proud owners of a pit-bill/beagle mix, named Odessa. She's a rescue dog, who we adopted at the SPCA Serving Erie County. She's the best decision we have ever made and we can't imagine our life without her.

Get our free mobile app

During the spring, summer, and fall, we walk Odessa in the neighborhoods of South Buffalo, and I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed, but South Buffalo almost seems like the capital of dogs in Buffalo and the surrounding suburbs.

There are many dog-friendly apartments, plus, so many of the home owners have dogs. Seriously, everywhere we go in the part of South Buffalo near Abbott Road and McKinley, features dogs at every corner.

I grew up in north Amherst and lived in Hamburg. There are plenty pf dogs there too, but I have never seen as many dogs in one area, like I do with South Buffalo.

South Buffalo is a great area for restaurants and bars; and awesome for someone in their 20's or 30's, but also amazing for dog owners.

Has anyone else noticed this about South Buffalo?

10 Things All Buffalonians Buy at Wegmans

The things Buffalo residents get every time they shop at Wegmans.

LOOK: Here are the pets banned in each state

Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.

RANKED: Here Are the 63 Smartest Dog Breeds

Does your loyal pup's breed make the list? Read on to see if you'll be bragging to the neighbors about your dog's intellectual prowess the next time you take your fur baby out for a walk. Don't worry: Even if your dog's breed doesn't land on the list, that doesn't mean he's not a good boy--some traits simply can't be measured.

Why do cats have whiskers? Why do they meow? Why do they nap so much? And answers to 47 other kitty questions:

Why do they meow? Why do they nap so much? Why do they have whiskers? Cats, and their undeniably adorable babies known as kittens, are mysterious creatures. Their larger relatives, after all, are some of the most mystical and lethal animals on the planet. Many questions related to domestic felines, however, have perfectly logical answers. Here’s a look at some of the most common questions related to kittens and cats, and the answers cat lovers are looking for.

More From 93.7 WBLK