Ladies and gentlemen -- we have a dog! Oh lord, she's cute.
This definitely wasn't a planned thing. One of our coworkers just bred his Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and he brought one of the last puppies of the litter over to our house a couple nights ago. At first we laughed him off ('We already have two cats! Dogs are so much work! What happens when we go on vacation / want to move / etc.?') But then we started playing with her. She spent the night on a 'trial run,' which of course sealed the deal. And now we have a dog!
I guess we always put off getting a dog because I assumed they'd cramp our style. They're definitely more high-maintenance than cats and you have to keep them in mind when you make plans. But Frankie has been an easy puppy so far, and I think she's going to be the ultimate adventure buddy. Chessies are known for being super-smart, alert, and tough. They were bred to hunt ducks, so she's comfortable in the water -- she's only 10 weeks old and we've already taken her swimming and hiking. Frankie is going to be a big, tough dog when she's fully grown and I'm sure she can come on most of our escapades. Our first big adventure -- house training!