Well, we're on a new mission in expanding our Family.
Don't get to excited, we're not pregnant and we are not planning on getting pregnant in the near future. The conversation that started it all happened just before Avery was born. We had discussed pets and were thinking of getting a dog someday. However, with a new baby soon, 2 spoiled house cats and both of us working we realized how silly that would be. We're hardly home as it is! So we said we'd wait until Avery was 3 then go to a shelter or adoption agency and find 1 or maybe 2 friends for Avery to bring home. (2 being one for daddy and one for mommy)
Well, Avery will be 3 in December (CRAZY!) and this weekend the conversation picked up at random when I mentioned how Barktoberfest was happening at the big park by our house and we should go look at the rescue groups and people watch since we obviously don't have a dog. Evan got sooooooo excited and immediately started talking about names for "His" dog and types of breeds that were "Good for us and not good for us".
Whoa, hold up.
So, we are currently doing TONS of research on every breed of dog that gets over 20lbs and doesn't yip but barks. We're thinking we'll decide or start hitting the rescue groups or local Shelter at the end of January. We're doing WAYYYY too much traveling in the coming months and we have 2 HUGE trips starting next spring. Plus, we may move to a bigger place in April. Needless to say, lots to consider and lots to think and research about before we find a new member of the Hartfield family. This just speaks volumes on how mommyhood has changed me. Anyone who knows me or grew up with me would be flabbergasted that I haven't owned a dog since 2004 and that I haven't brought home a million strays. It's a well known fact that growing up we had no less that 7 pets. Even now my mom has 8 animals!
PROS Vs. CONS
Play mate for Avery Vs. Another mouth to feed(vet bills included)
Jogging buddy for me Vs. Kittos adjusting to the dog
Security (depending on Breed) Vs. I'll be cleaning up after it.
Travel companion on family trips Vs. Allergies (yet to be determined)
We've wanted one for a LONG time. Vs. Baby No. 2 would be on hold
Teaches Avery responsibility
GOOD Breeds for US > BAD Breeds for US
* Just because we don't think these breeds are good for us, doesn't mean we don't like them
Labs > Chihuahua
Golden Retriever > Yorkie
Greyhound (currently #1 on our list, very odd!) > Poodle of ANY kind
Husky > Pug
German Shepard > Dachshund
Brittany Spaniel > Pit Bull
Dalmatian > Papillion
Border Collie > Rottweiler (my mom has had 4)
Collie > Great Dane (Avery's scared of them)
Wheaten terrier > Pomeranian
So we still have a lot to research and figure out in finding a sweet and perfect addition to our family. I'm excited though, even if it's not even happening this year. :)