I don't really even know where to start with this. My DH and I have decided to get a dog for our family. We haven't had a dog before so it's all pretty new, with a lot of unknowns. We have two kids, 10 and 14 year old boys. The 14 year old isn't interested in getting a dog. We're really getting the dog for the 10 year old. We have recently moved across the country, and he's having a little difficulty with the transition-school, friends, house, everything is changing. He has always been moody, and this has kicked it into high gear. I guess we thought it would be nice for him to have a buddy/pet to hang out with, talk to, play with, etc. and he has asked for a dog since he was about 5.
Like I said, we've never had a pet, so I did a little looking around here and there are several rescue organizations. We found a dog he seemed to connect with at one of the shelters. I filled out the application, spoke with the guy there and he said he would call to set up a home visit. We stopped by there a couple of more times to check in, but no one ever called. I figured the dog was adopted and they just never let us know. So, we went to another group and found another dog. She is older, 10, but still very active. She's the perfect dog, she is house trained, doesn't bark, very sweet, very loving. But, she doesn't want to have anything to do with my DS. We have had her for about 3 weeks, and she hasn't warmed up to anyone in the household except me. If I am in the room, she ignores everyone else. If I'm not there, she howls and whines for me.
This breaks my heart because DS doesn't understand why she doesn't like him, won't let him pet her, won't play with him, or won't sleep in his bed. I've spoken to the adopting agency and they have agreed that we can foster this dog until her forever home is found. In the meantime, I heard from the first organization that the first dog is still available. I spoke with his foster parent today and he sounds like he's exactly like the dog we have now. I haven't told my DS about the first dog yet. I don't know if I should or if we should keep looking for another dog. Both of these dogs are chihuahua mixes. At this point, I don't know what kind of dog would have the temperament that we're looking for.
What is your recommendation for the "perfect" dog for our situation? I don't want one that is too big, or sheds a lot. Also, we have a very small yard, so a big dog wouldn't have a lot of room to roam. THANKS for any help!