Our mix breed/mutt/chiweenie doggie, affectionately known as "Dixie", has taken over the children's love. David and I were suckered into "buying" her last November. While we(as in David and I) tolerated her this past year, she never engaged our feelings much. I do like animals...as long as I don't have to smell them, clean up after their "messes", or endure long periods of barking.
Last month, Dixie was hit by a car. :-( We were lucky that she only broke her paw. We have all now bonded with the chiweenie dog...but the kids still love her the most. :-)