I'm just pointing out that everything you said about pets could be said about kids.
I love dogs, grew up on a farm always had at least one around. Some of them are great others are a pain in the *** but still fun to have around especially on the farm.
I now live in town and have a Vizsla in the house. I love her to death, she's spoiled and is most definately a big part of my wife and I life together.
I dont like little yappy dogs, would never own one but I do know a few cute ones just not for me is all. I hate dogs that bark constantly. I Hate people that dont take care of their dogs and assume that chaining them up in the back yard for an hour is enough "exercise". If you are that strapped for time DONT GET ONE.
I respect those people who choose not to get a pet because they realize that they do not want or have the time to spend to care for them properly. Otherwise get a low maintenance pet like a goldfish or something that couldnt care less if you are around as long as it gets fed every couple of days.
^ How old is your female V? Mine still hasn't met another V in person yet (other than her litter mates/parents).
I grew up w/ 3 different boxers and they are amazing dogs. I wanted to try something different for my first personal dog, but I bet I'll have a boxer some day.
I'd also love to have a Newfoundland. Such awesome dogs.
I used to like pets. Now they strike me as little more than chores on four legs. Anyone want a boxer?