Bringing a dog into you household, into your family, into your life is a big deal. It's a big commitment and you need to make sure you're ready for it.
Once you do make the decision, however, the first thing you should do is visit an animal shelter.
A lot of people have the dog breed they want in mind when getting their first pet. They'll most likely look for someone who's selling the exact puppy that they want. But what people fail to realize is that there are plenty of animals, including puppies, who need a home much more.
You never know what you'll find or who you'll meet in an animal shelter. You might lock eyes and fall in love with a dog there. And by adopting them, you've easily just impacted their life the best way possible.
If you're looking into getting a new dog, stopping by an animal shelter won't hurt. Here's a few photos of rescued dogs to show you just how happy they are when humans adopt them.
But now he has a a best friend for life.