As an aptly-timed follow-up to my response to JustMeOk's post below, DH just called me to ask if we could adopt a Great Dane.
One of his co-workers is leaving her husband and just got herself a house. Now she wants to get a dog to live in the house with her, so DH was helping her look at breeder's websites and adoption sites. He saw Great Dane puppies and now wants one desperately.
I seriously felt like my mother as I reminded him for the umpteenth time that we're not home enough hours during the day to manage a non-housebroken puppy. I'm leaving in 3 months, so he will work even longer hours because he's bored, then he's leaving for a month and will have to board both dogs, then we will be coming home with a baby to a house with one crazy and hyperactive pitbull and a puppy who will eventually be a giant.
Not to mention the associated costs. After I told him that I'm not prepared to manage a newborn and two dogs, one of whom is still very much a puppy, when I'm home alone all day come spring, he said he would have our housekeeper come more frequently for longer hours to help. Where exactly are we getting the money for the housekeeper, the dog food, the extra bottled water for the other dog, the extra meds, the extra vet visits, spaying/neutering the dog, shipping both dogs back to the States when we're done here, and -oh yeah - THE BABY?!?
I know he knows all of this too, it's just frustrating to have to remind him of it so frequently. I feel too much like a mother and not enough like a partner every time we have this conversation.