Long story short, we took ourselves out of the running for the puppy. After having our whole family meet the puppy and finding out some unexpected things about him we really started to think hard. The hubby had many concerns and really seemed stressed out at the idea of getting a pup and adding more craziness to our craziness. His stress stressed me out. And not only that, but the whole time we were meeting with the pup the boys kept asking when they could go look at the turtles. Egad. It just didn't seem as perfect as I had imagined it.
When we left all we did was rack our brains to try and figure out if we should get this dog (the lady had already told us that we were her first choice). I really wanted the dog, but I wanted everyone to be excited about it. Not stressed. And the more we talked about it the more I saw I was being unreasonable.
Here is a short list of our negatives:
- Yes, we have a large yard but right now it doesn't even have any grass. It is a huge ball of mud. And I think it will be at least 4 months or so before we have a solid lawn. Not good for puppies.
- Technically we do not have a fenced in yard. There are two smaller sections that can not be done until the lawn is in (because the landscapers have to get their big equipment back there) so we could never just let the dog out in the backyard. That is not great.
- The boys were only mildly interested. And we came to the conclusion that they are probably still too young to form a real emotional attachment to a dog right now. Maybe in a couple of years.
- The dog had a real scary medical history. He was not healthy, but we don't know details. That made us nervous.
- He wasn't really potty trained all the way. ?? The lady said she thinks he is but he is always with about 10 other dogs (another negative to us) so she never knows who has the accident.
- The dog was adopted out last week and returned because he was resistant to crate training. Uh-oh.
- Coming into the new year the only thing I wanted out of 2010 was to live less chaotically. Last year was so crazy. We have been through SO MANY big events in the last 8 months that I just wanted calm. I think that it really would be nice to live less chaotically for a while. No puppy. When I think about it I'm surprised that the words "let's get a puppy" even came out of my mouth.
Still, I'm kinda sad about it. I really love the idea of having a dog. And he seemed like such a sweetie. Part of me feels like I missed out on a really special dog. It makes me think of one of my favorite sayings, "The right love at the wrong time is still the wrong love." I guess that is true for dogs too.