Educate me on having a dog - long intro
We have had only cats during our 35 years of marriage though both DH and I also had dogs when we were kids. With busy work and travel schedules cats have always been a better choice for us. DH's work situation is changing and he will no longer be traveling and his business will be just a few miles from home. He has always wanted a dog but realistically knew it wasn't feasible and previously there was no way I would have a dog. I'm starting to consider it though and want to make sure I completely understand what I'd be getting into. Our pets are like kids to us so this will be a long term commitment.
I'm so used to completely indoor cats - no ticks, fleas, dirt or debris. Hence I have no qualms about cats sleeping on our bed or anywhere else though they aren't allowed on counters or tables where we eat. Dogs obviously have to go outside so how do people deal with all the stuff dragged in from the great outdoors?
We would get an adult dog from a shelter as we have done with our cats. I like that you can tell what their personality is like and in the case of dogs possibly get one that is already trained. I have also thought about maybe being a dog foster home to get a feeling for this. I love some people's dogs but find the barking, jumping, crotch sniffing ones really annoying. I guess that is the owner who is the problem for not providing proper training.
I've been looking at some beagle/hound mixed breeds online. I'd like a medium sized dog and DH wants a dog that can go for a run with him so needs some legs that aren't too short. This would be mainly a house dog who gets taken out for walks and runs on a leash. Some of the dogs I've read about sound perfect - almost too good to be true.
What do I need to consider to decide if I'd be a good dog owner and what kind of dog would be best for us? We have three cats but unfortunately it will soon be only two. I think one of them would love a dog pal. The other probably would like a dog about as much as she likes the other cat. She grudgingly tolerates him but doesn't play or sleep with him much as he tries to get her to.