Yes, we are keeping the dog. How can you not? Once your husband has picked him up off the side of the road, you sorta feel obligated to him. And he is so likable and sweet. He definitely needs to be neutered.
Yesterday, the neighbor's little boy somehow ended up in the back yard on his bike by himself. We were just all scattered about and a little unorganized yesterday. We heard a crash and discovered that he had fallen over on the bike. Before we could get to him, Buddy did. And to my horror he was - well, how can I put this delicately? - trying to have his way with him. I was glad he didn't try to bite him. But still, that is certainly not an option either. Then Buddy found another child exciting as well. Watching a dog hump on a child is just plain disturbing. And it is behavior he really should have saved for further into our relationship, I believe.
After these occurrences, one of our friends nicknamed him Buddy Love - you know, Sherman Klump's alter ego in the Professor Klumps movie. Too funny. Now I can't just call him Buddy - he is definitely Buddy Love.
There is just something about the dog. He looks at you with grateful eyes. He just wants to be loved. He will follow me around, wagging his bushy tail wanting me to pet him. Just to be petted and loved - that's all he wants. So, he is a part of the family now. We will end up spending on him what we could have paid to get a full-bred something or another. But that's okay. At least we know already that he enjoys the kids and likes to play and has a fairly laid-back personality (unless you appear to be a female dog in heat). And those are things that you are just never sure of when you go somewhere and purchase a puppy - you don't know what you're getting.
Buddy is at the vet today and having blood work done to determine the exact course of treatment. He will be there probably three days and will then come back here and have to be kept very still and calm and rested for the remainder of his treatment. That will be difficult, but I think I can handle it. And hopefully, we can get him healthier and happier than he's ever been.