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When I was young I was absolutely petrified of dogs.  This was the case until I was about 10 years old.  That's about when I decided I wanted a dog.  We had one for a few years growing up,  we had rescued her from the Montgomery County Shelter.  I've now come to the point where I'm out on my own and oh so badly want a dog.  Of course this is completely irrational.  I work 12 hour shifts so getting a puppy is out of the question.  I live alone, which means the sole caregiver would be me.  Additionally I have no idea where I'll be in the next 3-5 years.  I could end up going to grad school, moving to a different city, switching jobs....who knows. 

Despite all of these reasons not to rescue a dog, I can find about a million reasons in my favor of getting one.  I would have to get a breed that is suitable for apartments because I don't have a backyard here in my condo.  Any suggestions?   Check out this website

Of course the smartest thing to do, which I probably will do, is to just wait until I'm a little more settled in a house with a yard and a significant other who is around to help.  I'm open to suggestions though if any of you want to push me either direction.

Ultimately I think I'm just waiting for the day I can get a chocolate lab.  That would be the dog of my dreams.