Hi dog people! I normally hang out on cat forums, but hoping you can help me on this one. I'll preface this post by saying that this isn't an "oh I'm bored in lockdown, let's get a dog" sort of situation - I've been thinking about it for a while, and as we recently moved to a house with a garden, with a park 2min away, it's finally a feasible option. I'm not in any major rush, it's a big responsibility to take, but here's the internal battle I'm going through. My two cats are pedigree, so I thought it'd be good to rescue this time. I mentioned this to a few friends who, well, managed to freak me out by sharing some... horror stories for a lack of better word, including something about a lady who rescued a puppy so young she had to bottle-feed him, everything was great for months and then for some reason once he got older and hormones kicked in, he attacked the resident cat that was there from the start - apparently the cat barely made it. My cats are confident and I'm sure would be fine with a dog following slow and careful introductions. They're indoor only and not "street smart" at all, so as existing family members, their wellbeing is a priority. I'll add that the last time I had a dog was over 10 years ago. He was a pedigree cocker spaniel from a great breeder, and the biggest issues we ever had was pulling on the lead, and that he would conveniently loose his hearing whenever there was a body of water nearby (including some very, very smelly ponds). This means I'm not an experienced dog parent by any means. While I'm currently doing a lot of research on force-free training etc, if I'm perfectly honest with myself, I don't think I'd be able to deal with any major guarding problems, separation anxiety etc. My logical side says that getting a nice puppy from a good breeder, of a breed that's known to get along with cats, would be so much easier - and it would be - but I'd LOVE to be able to give an unwanted dog a second chance. On the other hand, I feel like my "requirements" mean that dogs that fit the bill are very few and far between, at least from what I've seen after following a number of rescues in the UK and abroad, for the last few months, and that also feels quite daunting With this in mind, I'm hoping that people here can share some experiences and (ideally) success stories, to give me a boost of confidence!