For the duration of my life, I've found dogs to be boring. My family never owned a dog when I was growing up and the only dogs I came into contact with were those of friends. Dogs always seemed like a crapshoot - some friendly, some that like to bite, some that growl a lot, and many that were annoying. I never really had a desire to buy a dog. My wife and I recently bought a dog - a toy poodle. This was a first for me. The first two nights, this 8 week old puppy cried all night while in her crate. I felt as if we had made a grave mistake. The dog provided some amusement but a lot of stress. I saw the dog as an annoyance. After the dog stopped crying all night and after it learned to hold its pee until we went outside, my perspective completely changed. I now feel a bond to this dog. We left the pup with friends this weekend while we went out of town and I missed it all weekend. I already recognize its personality and am very attached to it. I honestly never understood how some people professed to "love" their dog. Movies where dogs died never made me feel sad at all. Now I am a changed man. This little poodle has won me over. Are there any other late-in-life first-time dog owners?