I am at that point again...
To get a puppy. Or not to get a puppy.
That seems to be the question.
On one hand... I feel this is a good time in my life to get one. I live close to where I work, so I could go home during my lunch hour to help the housebreaking process and spend time with the puppy. I am much more responsible than I was when I had my first dog... and would do the proper things to ensure that the puppy would be well socialized and get the one-on-one time it deserves. (Not that my first dog wasn't socialized... but I was flying by the seat of my pants on how to properly raise him.) And quite frankly, the daily walks would do me just as good as the puppy!
On the other hand... I don't have a great yard for a dog. So do I try to fence what little yard I have or add a run line?? Of course, my dog wouldn't spend a lot of time outside... I want an inside dog. Yet with Michigan winters, how long do I want to be out in the blowing snow waiting for the dog to do it's "doody"!! Then there is my cat, Lilly. There is the underlying fear that she won't care to have a slobbery mutt hanging around HER house! Can I get them to live happily together? Another fact is that if and when I do take a trip... who will watch my pets? It's easier to pass off a single animal onto someone rather than a whole brood of creatures.
So there you have it... the never-ending merry-go-round of whether I should get a puppy or not.