i never wanted a dog. i’m allergic, and when i was seven i had a run-in with a rottweiler. but then i married a dog lover, and she worked on me for years, telling me that i was a dog person — i just didn’t know it yet. one night, years into our relationship, i was contemplating this situation and realized that my refusal to get a dog was perhaps causing her more anguish than whatever anguish getting a dog might cause me. anyway, some dogs are hypoallergenic, how bad could it be. so we got a poodle and then another poodle and i love them.