If you don't get a Dalmatian to start with, and you don't EVER want to buy one anyway, your friends might want one! So follow these steps for a totally $FREE$ way of giving gifts:
1. When you start a new game on Nintendogs- Dalmatian and Friends you automatically get the FIREMAN'S HAT in your "Accesories" section. (In Supplies)
2. Make you and your friend go to "Bark Mode" and make the FIREMAN'S HAT the gift to send to the player without the Dalmatian in His/Her Kennel. The other player doesn't have to give a gift.
3. When the other player quits "Bark Mode" they get a message saying: "You unlocked the Dalmatian!" Or something like that anyway....
4. If you want your FIREMAN'S HAT back, just go in "Bark Mode"again and make your friend give it back.