So you're thinking of getting a puppy. You're sure your 5-year-old daughter would love having a cuddly puppy to play with. You get all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it.
Well, before you let your emotions run away with you, think about the not-so-warm-and-fuzzy aspects of getting a puppy - like cleaning up after the pup until he is housebroken, teaching him not to chew up your favorite pair of shoes or the library book you're reading, and intervening when the enthusiastic puppy runs after your daughter, grabbing the seat of her pants or the hem of her dress in his teeth.
Are you prepared to endure a few nights of whining as the puppy adjusts to his new home? Will you have someplace to keep him when you go out of town? Will you be able to meet the expenses of regular veterinary care? Do you have enough energy left in your day to meet the exercise needs of a puppy?