I’m inching ever closer to making a decision on getting a puppy. I’ve been mulling it over for some time now, and the positives are finally beginning to outweigh the negatives.
I’ve always been a dog lover and I’d like my children to grow up around animals. Although I like to moan about the untidiness of my home, in reality I’m never going to be the kind of person to have pristine minimalism. I’d like the boys to grow up in a lived-in house with a dog pottering about.
Dog-sitting for a few days earlier in the summer was a great chance to remind myself how much I love having a canine companion around.
We haven’t had a dog since my eldest son was a baby. But now the boys are growing up, things would be easier than they were back then. There’s still plenty of chaos, but it’s a bit more manageable and there’s definitely a little dog-shaped hole in our lives.
For me it really has to be a puppy, rather than a rescue dog. After a traumatic experience with one of our boys, I don’t want to have a dog in our house with an unknown history. I also really hope that being a parent will make me a better dog owner – more firm, patient and consistent.
Clearly, there are plenty of downsides. Do we want to curtail our freedom just when we’re starting to get it back? Will I really enjoy the mess and upheaval of a puppy? What about when we go away on holiday?
I’ve found answers to most of those questions now, and the plus sides are enough to outweigh any niggling doubts. Now seems like a perfect time to get a dog. With both the boys at school full-time this September, I’ll have the extra time to walk and train a puppy.
Now I just need to decide on what kind of dog to get. And that’s where I need your help. We’d like a calm, gentle breed that will (with the right training) fit in well with our lives. I don’t like small yappy dogs, who jump and nip. A labrador is an obvious choice, but I’ve never owned one, and I worry about their size. I’ve also only ever owned male dogs, but feel more drawn to the idea of female this time round. I know any dog (especially a puppy) is an unknown quantity, but I really want to avoid breeds with a tendency towards aggression, or nervousness – especially around children.
I don’t want to over-think it, but this is such a big decision for our family and I don’t want to get it wrong. This is really difficult post for me to write, for various reasons, and I’d be so grateful for your advice, lovely blogger friends.