Been promising the kids that "Eventually" we would get a dog. I've had dogs myself before so I know exactly how much work is required and costs etc hence my eventually statement. Thing is - and to this day - I still don't know why - I agreed to go to the petshop and the missus actually got the kids to hold one......... ie I think the line has been crossed now. In my opinion we shouldn't have done this as its massively cruel to the kids (11 and 13 YO so they are old enough) but now we're stuck. They've been begging for a dog for literally years so its not going to away (especially now they've crossed a milestone). We've decided on one of these for a couple of reasons. kids are not allergic, dog is relatively small (will be an inside dog), doesn't seem to moult too much, this breed seemed no where near as hyper as the others in the store. http://upmarketpets.com/pets/in-store-now/puppies/article.html?ID=8993 The bad thing is cost$$$$$$$, I don't want a 12 wo puppy, and I know the kids will eventually lose interest once they get one. (I'll end up doing all the work - Ive accepted this but I'd rather avoid it!) We've been to the RSPCA, but given my criteria its a long shot that I'll find anything. Kids are checking their website literally hourly which is only fueling their excitement Anyone going on holidays for a couple of months which fits the criteria that needs their dog looked after???? I'd like to at least give them a "taste" of the work required.