We got our first ever dog yesterday--an adorable pug, 17 months old. We've named her MADELYN. (Her previous name was Pug Pug, which I did not like--already she responds when we call her by her new name!) She's tan with a black face. We had been talking about getting a dog, because my 9 year old has been talking about nothing else for MONTHS! Plus, she has proved responsible with other people's dogs--washing them, playing with them, even cleaning up after them. Then yesterday morning we got a call from a friend who had a friend who had a friend (!!) whose elderly dad was moving in with her but she did not want the dog. (She has 3 pets already and didn't want to take on such a young dog.) She was going to take her to the pound! She is a purebread--and the cutest little thing I've ever seen! One of my friends, who has trained dogs, came over last night to help us get her settled and give us advice. So far so good! I bought a crate with bedding and she took to it right away. She is personality PLUS! So vivacious and friendly! We've got some logistics to work out for when she's home alone, but I've got a big yard for nice days and a gate to keep her in my dining room/family room area for rainy days. It's no problem for me to pop in during the hours my daughter is in school because I work in the area and set my own schedule.
I resisted the idea of getting a dog for so long, but she is really a wonderful addition to our family! I still can't believe it.