Picked up our new dog on Christmas morning. She's really sweet and has been very easy -- even though she's apparently not house trained, she hasn't had an accident yet, and is perfectly willing to pee outside (and even quickly when it was raining at 5 AM this morning). She also gets nausea in the car, but she lasted a 50 minute car ride in my lap without throwing up, so I don't really think it's going to pose a problem.
When we picked her up she was filthy, and after blowing her anal gland yesterday (I think she was nervous), I decided to bring her to PetCo today for a cleaning, and now she smells like vanilla and is shiny. She weighs about 22 lbs, but is definitely overweight -- I think she could lose 5 lbs easily and would look svelte.
My only concern is that during the time around her my eyes have gotten irritated. I'm very allergic to cats, but never had a reaction to dog, and she lived in a home with a lot of cats, so I hope that it was just residual cat dander that was causing that. Nothing too severe, but I don't really want to be taking allergy pills every day forever!
It's been nice having a dog again, but I didn't expect how much having her around would cause me to miss our old beagle.