April and I – pet humanists as we are – are currently spending endless hours debating what kind of puppy dog we should welcome into our family.
There are, however, several factors to consider when selecting a dog breed. How much grooming does it need? How much exercise does it need? Is it good with cats (we have two kitties, so this is essential for us)? Is it good with kids (we’re hoping for several in the near future, so this is also essential)? How affectionate is it? How loud is it? How easy is it to train? The list goes on…
After giving the subject much thought, we entered our preferences (good with cats, good with kids, low maintenance grooming, tons of affection) into the Discovery Channel Dog Breed Selector, and we now find ourselves faced with choosing between these four cuties:
Scraps the Beagle?
Scraps the Labrador Retriever?
Scraps the Flat-Coated Retriever?
Scraps the Golden Retriever?
I would be more than happy with any of them, though I think the Beagle is currently in last position as he is more difficult to train, and doesn’t grow to be as large as the retrievers – a ‘man-sized’ dog was one of my secondary criteria. However, the Beagle is incredibly cute, so we just can’t rule him out.
Talk about an impossible decision!
Oh, and I’m working on April to let me name him/her ‘Scraps’.