Ben and I wanted a dog for a long time. We both actually wanted a dog before we had ever met each other. We grew up with dogs, but as single adults, we felt that we didn’t have the time to take proper care of a dog. We talked about getting a dog last year. In fact we spent a year plus discussing and researching what kind of dog would be right for us. We were looking for the magical unicorn dog – small to medium-sized, low grooming maintenance, minimal shedding, non-barking, a fast runner, and very cute looking. There were many breeds and hybrids that were possibilities, but we had to strike them out for one non-negotiable reason or another. Finally we settled on a smooth fox terrier as having most of qualities that we were looking for and we were willing to deal with not quite meeting the other qualities.
We decided to wait on getting a dog until we moved. Moving hasn’t happened yet and we’re not sure when it’s going to happen (it will happen, but there many moving parts). I got a bit tired of waiting and told Ben that my puppy biological clock was ticking. There were more discussion about the logistics of having a pet and so on. We found a puppy that was ready for us and we were ready to welcome Bandit into our lives.
She’s already stolen our hearts. We love her so much. She’s such a darling and so well-behaved already. The only problem (and it’s a big one) is the separation anxiety that she has. We’re training and working on her with that. It takes patience, love, and time. We have all that in spades for her.