It took me 4 years, 6 months and 2 days to convice the hubby that we needed a dog. Once we finished our log home last year, I told him it wasn't complete without a "log dog" - his answer "what about our log cat?" No worries - Marvin the cat is still loved (and he LOVES dogs) so now he'll have a companion.
Next hurdle was the KIND of dog to get. Greg wanted a hunting dog - Pointer, Brittany Spaniel, etc. But then I pointed out he doesn't hunt that much (it's kind of hard when you have a wife who is a die hard animal lover and cries over a crushed ladybug - ha!) But I really wanted a Bernese Mountain Dog and had been in love with the breed for a long time. So I said - "let's just go SEE the puppy...."
All I had to do was get that puppy in his arms. The puppy played it perfectly for her part. She snuggled against him, locked her eyes with his and then licked his hand. He was a goner! (See photo above. Smart girl!) Our Bernese girl will get between 70-90 pounds and is classified under the working dog breeds. We're still thinking of names...
All you dog lovers out there, be sure to check out Tom Heatherington's beautiful fur babies as well as the group he started at Log Dogs, Cats & Critters at http://www.loghomeu.com/group/logdogs . I'd love to see your log pets too!