Look who Avery met this morning – a dog named Maxy who was twice her size. She loved him.

My children want a dog.

I’m starting to open to the possibility.


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9 Responses to “My children want a dog – part 2”

  1. Katie says:

    I love this pic. And your kids totally remind me of myself when I was a kid. I was determined to get my mom to agree to get me a dog. I even went as far as getting my 2nd grade teacher to help me convince her…and it worked. So I can’t help but side with Avery and Alex by saying you should totally get a dog! 🙂

  2. Missy says:

    Awww, cute story Katie – love it! 🙂 <3

  3. Avery looks adorable next to this pup. I really want a dog, too, and the only thing holding me back is my travel for skating. I’m just not home enough.

    • Missy says:

      Totallly understand. I rarely travel as it is, but can’t imagine having to find a home or kennel for a pup just to go away for a few days!

  4. Amber says:

    Wow, that is quite the dog!

  5. Jessica says:

    Whoa! I never thought I would hear you say you were warming up to the idea of getting a dog!

    If you ever decide to do it, think about adopting a rescued dog from someplace like the Humane Society or Homeward Bound. It’s great to give a dog a second chance, and many of the dogs have already been potty trained or have basic obedience skills. Makes the transition into dog owning a little easier.

    One other way your kiddos can have fun with dogs and feel like they are doing a good deed is to visit the Golden Valley Humane Society. You can visit many types of dogs and get a sense for the characeristics of the different breeds. They offer behind the scenes tours of the facility which would be pretty cool for the kids, also.

    Both our dogs are rescue dogs and they are like members of our family. I love dogs and would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the process of adoption through either Homeward Bound or the Humane Society. One other bonus about working with these organizations is that they both offer trial periods with the animals so you can take them home and test it out and see how they work with your lifestyle.

    My last tip: google “dog compatability test” or something similar. There are a number of tests that you can take that will match you to breeds that are compatable to your lifestyle i.e., have kids, ability to take dogs for walks, your tolerance for barking and shedding, etc.

    Have fun!

  6. Jeremy says:

    There are also many no-kill shelters (Animal Ark) and breed-specific rescues when you get closer to deciding.

    In my lifetime I’ve been connected to at least a dozen canines. My wife, however, has never had a dog and finds them smelly, time consuming, and expensive. We have an 18mo boy who visits with my mom’s dog twice a week. I’m very interested to see whether he develops a draw or an ambivalence to our poochly counterparts. I think the idea of friendly poochy-calls for walks and care might be one of the best ideas ever to give the sense of reality and responsibility without the commitment.

    Thanks for the great idea, Missy and Jen.



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