we are trying to decide whether we should adopt a dog and it is driving us slowly out of our minds. we have two cats, and we loooove them. absolutely over the moon in love with them. we both grew up with dogs, and i had always envisioned myself having a dog "when i grow up," and because i am exposed to dogs on a weekly basis (at the humane society), i am in the odd position of constantly looking at dogs that could possibly be mine.
we fell in love with a dog a couple of months ago (she was at the shelter for many weeks and i loved her more each time i saw her), but when it came time to make the final decision, i kind of freaked out and decided to err on the side of caution. i thought it would be better to regret not having her than to regret adopting her, and have to take her back. of course, as soon as she was adopted by someone else, i felt like a total idiot and i wished i could do it over again and i kept hoping her new parents would bring her back. i’m a moron.
i am a classic over-analyzer, and this dog thing is just craziness. i just can’t figure out if we have "a dog lifestyle;" if having a dog would be 30 times more difficult than having cats; if it would be more stressful than fun, or more fun than stressful. all i know is, we do like dogs. but does that mean we should *get* a dog? sigh. argh.
there is a particular dog we have in mind at the moment… she lives in a foster situation right now with another dog, and with two ferrets, and has lived with a cat. her temperament seems absolutely ideal, and she is a cutie-pie. she is housebroken, crate-trained, polite, and happy. she has been described as "the closest thing to a perfect dog." of course, she lives over an hour away, so we haven’t actually met her yet, but i’m as interested as i possibly could be based on webpage descriptions and emails. i just keep coming back to the same old question: just because i love dogs doesn’t mean i should have a dog, or does it?
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