Dogs Trust, a charity in the UK, has worked with Nintendo to teach kids that dogs are not fashion accessories.
Young girls, seeing their cultural heroes in the form of Paris Hilton holding dogs, think that having a dog makes them like Paris Hilton, and get one to carry around. Then they find out that these little creatures are real, and need care.
Nintendo has created a computer program that Dogs Trust uses to teach children that very lesson. They learn that animals need feeding and exercise. It is called Nintendogs. When Dogs Trust goes to schools they are using that program in the classroom as part of the presentation.
It's a great way to teach all the work that goes into having an animal depend on you.