My dog dreams were clashing with my dream of never moving again. I was just going to buy the duplex where I live, but being a landlord was complicated. Also, my recent passion for snakes makes attached to another house living a little more dicey.
So, we are going to look for a small house with our own, unattached back yard. Then I can set things up so that I have a dog area, a training area. The one thing I'm not giving up on is the neighborhood, I love my neighborhood, it's near my Uncle John and my office. So, if I have to pay a bit more to live here, so be it.