A little over a month ago I had a post titled, We Just Can't Decide. Not surprisingly, it generated a lot of comments. Most of them urged my wife and me to decide our question in the affirmmative. I thought it only fair to let you know what we are going to do.
I had mentioned in the earlier post we are dog people and have at at least one, often two, during most of our married life. But, for the last few years our home has been dogless. The reasons we did not replace the last dog were valid at the time and fit our needs and lifestyle. We continued to struggle with the limitations, responsibilities, and costs, of getting another pet. While that logical debate was winning, our emotional side was missing all the love and fun a dog can add to one's life.
As I write this we are on the island of Maui. This particular vacation provides us a much-needed, extended break, at one of our favorite places on the planet. All the stress and daily worries have been replaced by beach time, sunrises over the mountains and sunsets over the ocean. The dog subject has come up again. All the pros and cons have been re-examined and re-visited.
Since I needed a fresh post, Betty suggested we make a decision, I write a about it, and we move on. I agreed and last night we shook hands on our decision. We are going to add a puppy to the Lowry household.
Betty is allergic to many breeds so our choices are rather limited. I leaned toward getting a dog from an animal shelter, but it is rare for the breeds we must choose from to find their way into a rescue facility. We will not buy from a puppy mill or a pet store that deals with a mass breeder. We have no interest in a dog being AKC registered or any rare and over-priced animal. In all liklihood we will choose a cocker spaniel. This would be our third one and they fit our family well.
After we arrive home in another week, the search will start in earnest. I will also figure out where in the budget to squeeze in the monthly cost of a pet. The unconditional love and companionship we will gain makes it a worthwhile expense. It a dog means one less meal out and one less trip to the movie theater each month, we know it will be worth it.
By the way, a word to the wise. If you are wondering about getting a dog do not watch the TV series, Dogtown. There is no way you'll be able say "No" after seeing this show. Filmed at an incredible animal rescue facility in Kanab, Utah, you will be rendered defensiveless. You will want a dog, or two, or three. This show became a major factor in our reaching the decision we did.
Getting a dog will change our daily lives in many ways. It will change vacation plans. It will change when we put in new carpeting.
I can't wait.