Getting a dog is a big commitment and something that should not be considered lightly.
I got my dog Marley a year before my little boy was born. He arrived and I instantly fell in love with him. He was so tiny, adorable in fact and all he wanted was some love back. Looking in to them puppy dog eyes, I knew I had made the right decision getting a dog. Remember this was before I had a child, so he was my only responsibility and I was able to devote all my time to this bundle of joy. He was my baby.
Training him was a doddle, he soon picked it up and I was working full time so I was really lucky, time went on and he started to grow.
Then my belly started to grow………
Would having a baby change everything, we discussed the fact that a pet is hard work with a baby and we decided that Marley had to stay and we would see how he was with the baby.
Marley was so gentle with Olie, he however constantly fought for attention, as I played with Olie he would come for a snuggle or stroke as I sang to Olie, Marley learnt to join in and and howled along with us.
So Marley is great with Olie and Olie now 6 loves him but it is hard work. Marley craves attention more than Olie, he barks all the time at any little noise. He jumps up at guests and then there is the fact that he needs walking and my 6 year old is somewhat lazy.
I wouldn’t change having Marley as he is part of the family but would I get another dog? Most probably not. The commitment is just too much and hard work.
So if you are considering a dog, think long and hard about the time you need to put in to a pet.