I know how you feel Broc! Vivian sometimes begs for a dog, offers all the money in her piggy bank, the whole deal. We love dogs, but just aren't ready to deal with the work and expense right now. Big or small, they're expensive. Small dogs seem to have more serious health issues and large dogs eat large amounts of food. We used to have a Samoyed and one grooming session would be over $100!! Not to mention boarding when you travel and, while not an expense, poop patrol.
We are so lucky to have neighbors who let the girls play with their dog. We also watch him when they're out of town. On Friday at hubby's company it was adopt a pet day. He fell in love with and almost brought home two Great Danes!
He said the only thing that stopped him was the fact that we have a long trip coming up. We'll be gone for almost 3 weeks out west.