This woman has survived a 9.0 earthquake, a deadly tsunami, a nuclear disaster, home is gone, she is hungry and now cold but she still has her dog. This photo brings tears to my eyes and joy to my heart.
Those of us involved in dog rescue have heard it all and frankly, most of the time people's reasons for "getting rid" of their dog sound more like excuses to unburden themselves (and burden shelters and rescues) than unworkable issues. Let me share a few: moving, divorce, having a baby, grew big or not a puppy anymore, kids aren't playing with it, new house, boyfriend/girlfriend doesn't like dogs.......believe me, the list goes on and on.
PLEASE, PLEASE if you are considering getting a dog, do it for the long haul. Don't keep a dog through it's "good" years and then toss it out at the first signs of aging. It sees you as part of it's family and will grieve (if it even survives the shelter). By the way, many shelters kill owner surrenders dogs right away because they only have the resources to hold so many dogs and those are the strays whose owner might be looking for them. Dropping your dog off in a "rich" neighborhood doesn't mean ti will be adopted by a good family - it means it will likely starve on it's own.
If you can't say for certain that you are committed to that dog through it's entire life span, PLEASE consider a goldfish, a hampster, or something that won't live 9 - 20 years and consider you it's family.