I spent more time poking around the internet than I ought to admit after my last dog blog inquiry, and decided the following things:
1) We seem to be labrador people. I know there are lots of wonderful breeds out there, so that's not a jab at anyone else. Why not go with the tried and true though?
2) I want an adult dog, I'm not up for puppy-training.
3) I feel more comfortable bringing home a dog that has been screened, where someone knows something about it, thus I'd rather work with a rescue in this case versus going straight to the pound. With cats and birds and a baby in the mix, this feels much safer.
So... I found a local Lab rescue organization and totally went head over heels for a dog on their website. He has since been adopted (boo hoo, but it's okay) and there seems to be a steady stream of other potentially perfect dogs. Mom and I sent in an application and have been approved, so now it's just a matter of waiting. Called about a few dogs so far, hope to hear something soon...
There is no hurry, the right one will come along in due time, whether that's in a week or a few months it doesn't matter. :-)