So, I think it is pretty clear that we have a dog lover in this house. : ) Thank you for leaving Oldest Princess your nice comments after her guest post. She read every one and is so excited about how many people are on her side in her quest to get a dog.
Her birthday is coming up in two weeks, and I've considered the possibility of getting a dog for her. (Grandma, note that I said CONSIDERED not DECIDED to get her a dog) I have so many reservations about doing it, though. I thought I'd dedicate this post to explain why I'm dragging my feet and to see if any of you have advice one way or the other.
I have to be honest. I'm not an animal person. I don't dislike animals at all, I'm just content to be pet-free. I'm perfectly happy with taking care of babies. I think my husband and youngest daughter could be described the same way. But my oldest daughter on the other hand. I don't think she just wants a pet, I think it is a NEED.
But here are my concerns:
- She is so young (only in the first grade) and may not be ready for such a huge responsibility
- I'm so busy with a new baby right now, isn't having a puppy just like having a newborn-sleepless nights, potty training etc.? I keep thinking, "Maybe this just isn't the right time."
- I have no idea what kind of dog to get. I don't like yippy, little dogs that are hyper, but I am intimidated by big dogs and my youngest daughter is, too.
- The dogs I think are cute are REALLY expensive ($500 - $1,000) and I really don't know if they'd make good dogs or not. I think Bichon Frise are adorable. And I like the small breeds that are mixed with poodles. I like the idea of as little shedding as possible. What little dogs would be loving, mellow, and low maintenance? My oldest daughter doesn't care what a dog looks like. She loves them all! But I want a cute one. I'm shallow like that.
- I'm a wimpy city girl who doesn't want to deal with dog throw up or dog diarrhea. I watched my good friend go through these messes and it scared me. I have a hard enough time cleaning up after my kids that I'd take a bullet for when they puke or have poop issues.
- We live in a neighborhood, so a dog wouldn't have a lot of room to run and be free.
Anyway, I want so much to see the look of joy on her face when we finally give her the dog she's wanted for years, but I'm just not sure if now is the right time, and if it is, what kind of dog would be best? I know that all of the responsibility would fall on me if she isn't ready for this, so it needs to be a dog I could fall in love with, too. I know I would fall in love with our dog once we get him or her, I just don't know what to do. What do you all think?