HUGELY expensive. I have spent close to $10,000 in the 8 years I have owned my two shelter rescue dogs. My one pup ate a remote and a battery and had to have surgery. Then 3 years ago they both ate a bottle of Motrin off the kitchen table. They both sleep in bed with us and are my kids! They are family. In fact I think I asked about this in a home defense thread a while ago. The response was that under the law dogs are considered property, not family and precious life. All I meant was that an alert system Dakota Alert MURS Wireless Motion Detection Kit, Base Station Radio - Amazon.com of some kind might be in order. Find what works for you.To me a dog is a member of the family and not JUST a security measure and I feel bad for dogs that might simply be considered as much. (this isn't directed at you timmyp, you probably treat your dog just fine..heh). In general though a dog is a hugely expensive long term commitment that requires the proper type of housing and amenities
(My fiance is a vet assistant and we have done abandoned animal rescues, so that hits close to home)
One thing that bothers me is that it didnt seem like a crime of opportunity that he happened upon an open garage door. This took knowledge of lay of the land, and at night no less. A pre-planned route that included where to park...