He started a notebook that has statistics of about 20 dogs. Each entry has a picture and information about care, lifespan, health problems, compatibility with kids and cats, exercise requirements and a yearly cost estimate.
In the biased opinion if his mother, it is pretty impressive and thorough. (I wish I could take a picture of it, but I have been forbidden to. )
Shawn and I both adore dogs and would love to have one. The timing is just not right. But when the time is right to choose a dog, I will know who to ask.