a family member is going to give up their two lab x retrievers. the dogs are from the same litter, about 8 years old. They are used to a small (and at times, non-existent) yards. They have had a lot of exposure to babies/toddlers/kids. They are well-trained.
So... do I want them? My gut instinct is a big YES YES YES! I love dogs, always had dogs growing up. Since being married we were puppy-walkers for a customs lab for about 8 months. I am also very much an animal person (think Animal Science degree, ex-animal keeper and ex-vet nurse). My husband was talking of getting a dog just last week - I said no as I was imagining a puppy that would be a lot of work. I always said, if we knew what sort of dog we were getting (temperment wise) it would be a different story. These dogs seem like they would be perfect.
About us: I'm a SAHM, with a 2yo. So we are around a lot more than what they are used to (which would be a good thing). We have a good sized suburban backyard (bigger than what they've ever known, but not huge). I am not that fit, but want to be... not sure if I would be able to walk two dogs and my toddler at the same though? My husband is very fit and could, i imagine, easily meet their exercise needs.
I guess my biggest hesitation is $$$$ How much would I be looking at to feed them? To vaccinate them and other routine vet care? Is insurance effective for possible future vet expenses as they get older?
If anyone can help with answers to any of this, I would love to hear them, and thank you in advance!
ETA: I should probably mention that the only pets we currently have are two bearded dragons lol, so there's no issues about them getting on with other pets, altho they are very well socialised.