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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The Dog Question
The Girl is desperate for a dog. Desperate. I told her back when The Boy was a baby that we had to wait until Chase was two.
Guess who turns two next week . . .
Part of me would really like my kids to grow up with a dog. Part of me isn't completely sure I'm ready for the commitment. One thing I know for sure is there will be no puppy in this house. Ever. I know I'm not ready for that.
My mom believes that for safety reasons you shouldn't get a dog if you have children under five. Problem is, that means waiting until Talia is eight and I'm not sure I want to wait that long. I think The Boy being two could work, provided the dog is the right fit for our family. I mean, we already have the fence and a walking path behind the house.
You see, I need a dog that is good with kids and not inclined to eat the cats.
Whenever we do get a dog, I want to get one that is 1-3 years old. I want a young dog, just not a puppy. I'm leaning towards a lab or lab mix because they're just great family dogs. Plus, you can always find a lab or lab mix at local humane societies or other no-kill places. Apparently they are the most popular dog in the country. Honestly, I looked online the other day and out of the 250 animals available at the local humane/rescue/no-kill places at least half of them were lab/lab mixes. Of course, half of those were lab/rotweiller or lab/pitbull and I am not enough of a dog person to go there.
I think part of my dilemma with the dog question is the amount of work involved with a larger dog. Problem is, I just don't like most little dogs. Also, the larger the dog the more food it eats.