After an eternity of slavery there comes a time when you can train children to get up, get dressed and find something to eat without waking you up or setting fire to the house. If you're me that very moment is when you buy two dogs who will wake you at 6.30 prompt every morning!
And I don't regret it, not a bit. Banana Split(Split. Really not my choice of name) on the left was the product of a broken home and came to us via Switzerland at 18 months old. When we'd had him 6 months we thought he needed a friend so we got Pastis(from Provence. Obviously) who's exactly the same age.
They're the most faithful companions ever and if I could I'd have a dozen..