Glad to be a part of this group. I've grown up with dogs and have been wanting to bring dogs into our family for years. Our daughter is finally of an age where she can be responsible enough, and has proven herself with excellent care of smaller pets before now.
Also, we're now moving into a big detached house on a park, and so have the room (not to mention, no longer restrictions on dogs from landlords!).
We've been looking around for months, but have decided that adopting is the right way forward.