Within hours after returning from the vet without Cosmo, we started contemplating the next dog and, more specifically, when we should acquire said dog. I, of course, made a list of reasons as to why the next dog should join our family later rather than sooner:
- We needed time to grieve, mourn, be angry, be depressed and finally, accept the fact that Cosmo was gone. Having a new puppy might result in us skipping the depression stage.
- I'm taking Zach to a national tennis tournament in Arizona at the end of October, and even though Doug is staying home, he wasn't planning on staying home with a new puppy to take care of.
- The only thing harder than house training a dog during a Minnesota winter is training a dog to play the piano while simultaneously barking to the tune of "Girl From Ipanema."
- I want to experience the luxury of welcoming green grass without first having to pick up a Winter's worth of dog shit in the backyard.
- Our schedule in the Spring, because of tennis, is best described as "chaos."
- We aren't home during the day very much in the Summer, so having a new puppy just to leave him home alone all day when it's nice outside would be mean.
- I just donated most of our dog stuff to the humane society.
- It would be great to be able to take at least one vacation without having to worry about our dog-sitter's schedule.
- Being able to mow the lawn without having to pick up dog poop first would be, well...a first.
- Puppies are a lot of work.
After reviewing the list, we came to the conclusion that the best time to get a new puppy would probably be next August. Our hectic summer schedule would be done, the kids would have a few weeks to hang out with the dog before school started and I would be able to take advantage of having a couple months of house training-friendly nice weather.
So I guess that explains why, on Monday, I drove two hours one-way, spent time in one of the stinkiest, noisiest, most cluttered houses I've ever seen, and am now introducing the newest member of our family: Danger, a 13-week old Schnoodle.