I'm at a very strange point in my life (actually I don't think I have every been here before) I have two old dogs- very old truly and no puppies, no young dogs, and no big dogs. My house feels empty and quite, there isn't alot of hair to clean up but there is a lot of pee and poop to clean up (old dog problems) and I recall what its like to have a puppy and know I'm just no ready.
Every time I see a puppy I feel this intense rush to have one of my own. To start with a young dog and train it, work with it, play with it, and form that amazing bond you can have with a true canine partner. And then I recall the other part of having a puppy - the potty training, waking up in the middle of the night, teaching a new dog the house rules etc and I really don't want to go there yet. I'm just not ready.
This is the longest I have ever gone in my adult life without rescuing a new pup and this is the smallest number of dogs that I have had in 15 years. Its a truly strange place to be and every time I think about I feel like I should be doing more for all the rescues that are out there. But what it comes down to is I'm just not ready and neither is my family. I know that just because I really want puppy snuggles and puppy breath that it wouldn't be the best choice for the puppy right now. And that is what it really comes down to - the best choice for the dog. And that is the first step towards getting a new pup - kowing when its the right choice for everyone. So I'll wait - Till I am ready.