My family is thinking about getting a dog. A Golden Retriever or Labrador puppy would make an ideal companion for the boys, my husband always dreamed of uniting his beloved Land Rover with the matching dog and striding through the heath in an English landowner kind of way, and I?
I, the declared cat person, who never ever contemplated living with a dog, am not totally against it. Au contraire, I find myself seriously entertaining the notion, weighing pros and cons and reading up on the ins and outs of training and living with a dog.
The thing is though, I do not have any experience whatsoever with dogs. We never had one when I was a child, I even was (and partly still am) afraid of dogs because I got bitten by a rabid dog as a kid. (Not a fun memory.)
So I wanted to take advantage of your experience, dear readers. In this off topic MQ I ask for your help:
Have you ever owned a dog?
How does life change when living with a dog?
What do you think is necessary for the dog? What kind of lifestyle? What makes dogs happy?
Can you recommend good ressources (websites, blogs) about taking care of a dog?
I find myself facing a decision harder that deciding to have children, actually. I am very aware of the huge responsibility (which would mostly lie with me, one cannot trust small kids OR a surgeon to help out in a big way), but my absolute conviction (present so far in my life) that there is no way that I ever even consider owning a dog is gone now. A big part of me would love it and welcomes the idea of a constant companion…
And yes, I am aware that they grow up…
Please share your experiences with me!
Dog or no dog, that is the question.