Greetings! I grew up with dogs always as a kid, but since "growing up" and moving out, I haven't had the opportunity to have a dog of my own. I have been really missing having a dog around, and while I do have two ferrets, it's just not the same as having a large fuzzbutt to take camping and on long walks and just hug (ever tried to hug an eager ferret? lol). So my boyfriend and I have finally decided that in a few months we will bring home a dog. Likely after mid-summer so we can give ourselves enough time to save for the initial price of the dog, toys, accessories, food, and vet visit, as well as research everything we need and give ourselves time to find the perfect dog, rather than acting on impulse.
Over the past few months we've been slowly gathering information, deciding what breeds we each enjoy and what would make the best fit for our needs. I have decided that I want to train the dog to be a service dog for my anxiety (it's currently starting to interfere with my work and that is not okay). With that research, we narrowed down our needs some more. We initially thought to rescue, but as a service dog I feel I should know the dog's history so I know if it has any triggers that would otherwise fail it for training, so we're starting to look into reputable breeders as well.
We plan to feed a raw diet, as that is what my ferrets are fed so might as well kill two birds with one stone, it's useful because the dog can get the large bones, and the ferrets get the small bits.
Anyway, I am so glad I found this forum! Even with constant google searches and books to read, nothing beats just talking to people and gathering information from conversations. I look forward to participating in the community