We've gone back and forth over the past year debating on whether or not to keep him. But here's the problem when you introduce a dog into your life (at least from my perspective and experience), they almost immediately become a part of your family. Does that sound cliché? It probably is for a reason.
Here's a brief list of some pros and cons I've come up with:
Loose dog fur all over the place, all the time
Letting in a wet/muddy dog when it rains outside
Potty training a puppy results in a permanently ruined carpet
Large dog + small house = dog constantly under foot
Heavy dog + your foot = involuntary expletives
Big dog + big bowl of food = big poop to clean up
Our golden retriever is one of the best family dogs I've ever seen
He rarely EVER barks
He's extremely patient with Emerson
He gets scared during thunderstorms and loves to be close by, no matter where you are.
He chews only on his bone and mostly nothing else
He's never aggressive
He's protective of his family if he feels something is wrong
There was a time when we seriously considered getting rid of him. The real reason behind it? He was becoming an inconvenience to us. We had multiple reasons, but that was the bottom line. The problem with that? It's not his fault. It's not his fault he's big, it's not his fault our house is small, and it's not his fault that we chose him to be a part of our family.
The older Emerson grows, the closer the bond grows between them. It is tangibly visible, and I think I speak for both Danae and myself when I say that we made the right decision keeping him.