15 yo so he had a decently long life, luckily got him to the vet before his various old age issues caused any serious pain. I tried not to cry but damn. Been a rough time. I found his ducky in my room and the flood gates opened yet again and all sorts of little reminders are killing me.
Anyway, sob story aside we're planning on getting a puppy soon - new years or maybe Christmas, my dad wants to wait longer 'cause it probably hit him hardest, mom wants one asap, I'm in between need a few weeks personally but since of course dogs are the best cure for sadness I want a puppy to cuddle. Looking for suggestions, I'm super into dogs and know a fair amount but it's still a tough choice.
My mom thinks humane society which sounds noble but I'm more into the idea of getting one from a reputable breeder just to reduce chance of any health issues, probably a mix as they tend to be a bit healthier than pure breeds while still being fairly reliable trait-wise compared to a total mystery mutt.
Labrador mixes are obv. a consideration since they're the quintessential loyal family/companion dog. Also considering some Corgi mixes, Brittany, maybe, and I love Irish Setters but not sure since they're a little high maintenance from what I've read. So hard to make a decision but I want to have my mind set before I go somewhere and fall in love with every dog there and make a dumb decision and end up with a dog not right for us.
Appreciate any suggestions from any dog owners in here.