We've been contemplating expanding our family. I'm nervous. I've never been a dog owner. I'm so aware of the pitfalls of getting excited and rushing in. Of not thinking it through. Of all the dogs who are abandoned in shelters because they weren't a good match for their family.
I'm also aware of the asthma and eczema in our family that get stirred up around animal fur. It's a topic that has been raised many times around the dinner table. Now there are many breeds of dog that are said to be "hypo-allergenic" We have spent time in the company of friends dogs. We've intentionally cuddled and rubbed skin watching for a reaction. The lack of itching or wheezing negates my strongest argument against a dog.
We've discussed "who's" dog it might be? The reality of daily walks and poop scooping have been stressed. Two of three kids have stepped back. They would be happy with a dog joining the family but don't need or want the extra responsibilities that go with it. They understand that by stepping back they get a much lesser say in choosing breed, colour, name etc. They are fine with that.
Things moved up a level from contemplating to reality this week when we heard through a friend of ours of a family looking to re home their dog. The dog ticks all the boxes in terms of breed and allergy. We are waiting to see if we can arrange a meeting. If it doesn't work out we will go back to looking for a reputable breeder for a puppy.
In the meantime we decided to get out some books from our local library so we are prepared for whatever changes are over the horizon...
Any advice would be very gratefully received!