My wife has been hounding me for a pet dog since we first got married - even moreso the past couple of days. I really don't want a dog in the house but so far my arguments haven't been able to stand up to hers.
We tried having a kitten and the litter box smelled up the area around my office where I host my photography clients. It also put holes in my expensive leather office chair. Worst, it chewed up my MacBook power cable which was a $120 replacement!
I'm concerned about what might happen if we introduce a dog into the picture. I have all kinds of things lying a out - from umbrellas, bags, wires. My wife wants a medium to large sized dog (maybe a lab/rott or pit bull). I don't have the time or the patience let alone the want to have one around sharing my living space. What makes me even more nervous is having one around my grand piano (pristine, polished black finish). I haven't had a dog before and have no idea what kind of behavior to expect and whether my office/piano are safe. (And yes, I can close up the office. My gear is often strewn about the house along with many of my other tech things)