my husband and I have toyed with the idea of getting a dog for awhiley when we get raises, have more time...the usual excuses. well, it seems like that time may be now. he just got a job with a great raise so we can afford vet bills. food, etc. i have a job with a ton of flexibility so i could work from the office in the mornings and work from home in the afternoon, or work from home several days a week. i also will be getting a big promotion/raise in March which would make the financial situation even better. we always wanted a dog before having kids, and as that seems to be coming onto the horizon in the next few years, now may be a good time for a dog. i would love to adopt an older dog, but the shelters around here are very strict and will not adopt to first time dog owners. i would love to hear your brutally honest opinions about being dog owners...likes, dislikes, challenges, what you wish you had known before you got a dog. thank you in advance and sorry for the horrible formatting. i am on my phone and it seems to dislike punctuation and capitalization.