Originally Posted by thekunk07
^thanks. will be taking my chances somewhat as if/when it happens, it will be a shelter dog. i just missed out on a cocker spaniel that a distant friend was giving away.
i'm very upset as i have always looked forward to getting a dog once we bought a house. my wife stands opposed (with 3 small children at home, maybe for good reason). looks like we're at a standstill for now.
i have a month and a week or so to convince her to let me put one under the tree.
Christmas can be a stressful time to bring a dog (puppy or adult) into the home. You may want to consider giving your son the paraphernalia that comes with the dog, then picking up the animal the next week. Many shelters and breeders will not let an animal go during Christmas.
Shelters are a good way to go, but I would bring your son to give him some perspective of what you're doing by rescuing an animal. Assuming he's old enough to understand.
Or if you're looking for a particular breed, consider a breed rescue organization.http://www.cockerspanielrescue.org/http://www.pugrescue.com/hotlinks.html
Talking to the rescue people, making the arrangements, driving a couple of hundred miles and meeting the dog could be a much more meaningful experience for your son than having the dog magically show up under the tree.
By the way, if I was looking for a dog with young kids, the hands down winner would be a well-bred Boxer. Little bigger than what you're looking for, though.