Under the terms of our lease, we cannot have a dog. But we have a really nice landlord, and this is his only rental property (so he's not really very strict) so I asked him today when I dropped off the rent if he'd be willing to consider it - and he is! Woo hoo!
Now we can begin an actual discernment process about whether we want one. Any suggestions of short-haired (sorry Songbird, Molly and Sam), good-with-kids, like-to-take-walks kind of dogs? (Full Disclosure: I have a weird fascination with pugs - does anyone have one who could recommend them?)