A friend with dogs and kids sent me one of those “Been there, done that” emails. It read:
Life really boils down to two essential questions.
1. Should I get a dog? Or…
2. Should I have children?
I’d have to say on behalf of those of us who have “been there and done that,” having a dog first definitely helps to develop important skills you’ll need later as a parent. At the very least, there’s a good likelihood your dog will destroy enough of your furniture so that you won’t care when your kids come along and finish off the rest. :)