They boys finally got their way and convinced dad to let them have a puppy. We searched the shelters and on Sunday we found Ellie..she was not what we originally went to get, we were interested in a shepherd mix, but she seemed to capture dad's attention when she was the only pup not barking when someone came through with another dog on leash. She is a bassett/lab mix and seems to be good natured if a bit stubborn when you want her to come to you.
She is going to be an outside dog, and I know a lot of people don't agree with this but it's the only way dad would go. He grew up with only outside dogs and just refuses to have one in the house. I grew up with inside dogs and it's been a bit difficult for me to adjust...guilt and fear for her saftey have made the last couple of nights a bit hard. I do crate her at night to keep her safe and hubby is going to build her a well insulated dog house for the winters and he did concede that if it was exceptionally cold she could bunk in her crate in the house. We will see how it goes. I don't believe in keeping a dog chained up so she will have free run when she's a bit older. For now I have a harness and will keep her tethered when I'm gone.
We have not had a dog in about 3 years since Molly went missing and I have some misgivings about it all. Ellie is adorable but she hasn't yet captured my heart, I know that may sound hard hearted of me but it is what it is. It's only been a few days after all and I have to admit that the extra work involved for me is a bit stressfull, the things we do for our kids, cats are so much easier.
We will just have to wait and see what happens when she's allowed to be out and about. Maybe I can convince dear old dad to give in and let her in the house...