Ok so before I get to the real meat of the prob.. let me give you a little background info
I have 2 cats, one who has never been around a dog, one who we THINK has but we are not sure. I have taken care of them to the best of my ability ever since we got them barring a few complications(I.E we take the dirty litter up to my grandmother's to be dumped and we got snowed in for a month in Feb. and when it started snowing it is murder to get up to her house..) that lead to a small catastrophe on the porch where the litter box was.. but has been recently cleaned up
We are thinking about getting a dog.. yes.. a dog.. a small cockerspaniel terrier mix.. from the local animal shelter I voulenteer at.. He has been sitting up there for a year almost now.. At the shelter he has been a perfect little angel..
My mother is thinking about it, and now dad has to listen too( he is the anti dog person in the house) now.. we had a discussion today about it..
My father is of the type if one little thing is out of order with an animal he screams that I am not taking care of it.. and he said if I do not take care of the dog he will go back to the shelter.. which is hardly fair nor right but dad is.. dad..I digress
I have allready reset my alarm to begin getting up at an early hour( mostly I am a afternoon/night person by nature) I have a schedule worked out in my head as to what is what
8:30 am- up/biscut/outside to go potty
9:30 am- breakfast
10 to 11 am- walk
12-4- naptime( or aka mommy downtime)
5 pm- dinner/ outside to go potty
7 to 9 pm- relax time
12 am(yes I am a night owl) bed
I have my mother worrying what if he does not agree with Addy and Tanner( my grandmother's 2 dogs) my grandmother is in her 80's but in good health but if something should suddenly happen we get her house and the responsibility for her dogs( Tanner, yellow Lab, Addey- Husky collie mix, both =100 lbs)
My grandmother is the type she will not permit her dogs to do ANYTHING no going into petstores that allow dogs, they might pick up germs, no socalizing with other dogs they might fight etc etc.. in essc a hover parent..
Then my dad comes home saying about the next door neighbors who have 2 lab mixes( neither of which are even close to being trained) and what am I gonna do about them? I said" dad they stay in a fenced in yard" Dad says" that ain't gonna stop them if they really want to fight" (The neighbors rarely pay us much mind anyway.. so I am not too worried about them..)
Then mom starts in about" how while at the shelter they are putting their best paw forward" etc. .and that when I get him home I could have a complete demon on my hands that shows teeth constantly and snaps.. is there any truth to that or is she overblowing it? and any suggestions as to how I can make sure that will not happen?
Final point being if everything goes through ok( adoption ap gets put in, we get approved the rule waved( that voulenteers must voulenteer a few months before being permitted to adopt) is it just me or does it sound like my parents are trying to scare me out of wanting this dog? I have waited since I was 3 asking for a puppy every year from Santa.. I got it bk then I was not responsible enough.. but now I honestly think I am.. *sigh* advice please? and all I ask is be nice and keep it civil to everyone.. if it goes into fighting I will ask a mod to delete this.