I'm heading up the road today to visit my mother and my furry half-brother Willie.
I do know, though, that regardless of what kind of pet you own (or that owns you; remember, I am a feline fan), the animal essentially is a furry family member. That's how it should be.
Unfortunately, despite Internal Revenue Service efforts over the last few years to consider non-traditional families in its regulations and rulings, pets still don't count for tax purposes.
That means you can't claim your animal as a dependent.
In some specific cases there could be a bit of leeway, as is the case in divorced parents who share custody and support of their children.
And a recent U.S. Tax Court ruling allowed a big brother to claim his younger sister as a dependent.
But for the most part, when it comes to taxes, pets don't have a place.
That's OK, though. They're worth it even without any write-offs.