So recently I've been thinking more and more about us getting a dog. Just writing that sentence down makes me excited! I never had a dog growing up, but B did, and we've always said once we get a proper house with a garden we'll get a dog. Well I think we've got the proper house now...
My big brother has a dog, I big softie of a German Shepherd called Cujo. When most people meet him they are a bit wary as he's big (it's all fur, you should see him in the bath!) but I have never met another dog that thinks he's a human as much as Cujo! Here's a snap of him trying to look mean...usually his crimped ear fluff takes the edge off :)
I love taking him away up to Aberfoyle or Loch Lomond and walking him for hours until I know he'll fall asleep in the car on the way home. He's also been running with me a few times and is surprisingly good at staying right next to me. I'd really love a dog of our own to be able to do things like this all the time and also to have company in the house as B works shifts.
When my brother got Cujo as a pup, I was living down in Wokingham with B. We were both studying hard at the time and trips back home were few and far between, so we never met Cujo until he was about 8 months old and already pretty big. It used to make me so sad to see pics of him as a little ball of fluff when I couldn't play with him.
But when is the right time to get a dog?? I know how much love and attention they need and we're lucky that with B working shifts and me working 9-5 (ha! I wish!!) that our four legged friend would only be alone for a few hours on the days we'd be work. I'd also like to have a dog in the house as it's so big it sometimes freaks me out thinking of being there alone! Time is against us though...it's unlikely we'll be moving in to the new house even before my due date in May. I'm guessing it would be crazy to get a new dog when I'm off on maternity??
Putting the issue of when aside for a moment, deciding on which breed of dog we'd like is also going to be a challenge! If you check out my Pinterest board, you'll see that I love all shapes and sizes of pooch, I'm not even sure I've got a favourite. Lately I've had a real soft spot for these guys though...
French bulldogs. They snore, they wheeze, they pant excitedly...they pretty much do anything but bark. B is not so keen! He'd definitely like a bigger dog, a lab or something similar, I'm sure we'll manage to agree at some point.
I'd love to get some advice regarding when the best time to take the plunge and get a dog might be or is it like most things in life and waiting around for the right time just delays the decision?