Re: Web Cam advice
Yahoo Chat or IM, whatever you want to call it works great for this. Just get a standard webcam, I forget the brand I have, but it's usb. Then get yourself 2, yes count them, 2 yahoo id's. Use one for home, and one for wherever you are. For the home one, log into yahoo IM, and turn on the camera before you leave the house. Then go into yahoo IM properties and restrict the viewing of the camera to your other id.
When you are at work, you can bring up the Yahoo chat, and connect to your other id. You will be able to view your camera at home real time, and see what the old pooch is up to. If you have voice enabled, and a mic at work, you could talk to your dog. That should freak him out real good if you turned up the volume enough..