My son has, since babyhood, adored dogs. The first time he saw one, aged about 7 months old, was very sweet - his whole body started trembling with excitement and he made ecstatic yelping sounds. He occasionally asks me to get him one and I have kind of played with the idea then put it away. Someone in the village is giving away a five-year-old labrador which she says is very good with children... Any views/experiences about your children with dogs? I would have thought on the whole it was a good thing for a challenging child to have an animal companion they can love and look after, though I realise it will be mum who does most of the looking after. Should I resist temptation or throw caution to the winds...?