After the loss of our beloved chocolate lab last week, both Peter and Brian have started making noises about replacing her. (Even though I keep telling both of them that we're not doing ANYTHING until school ends in June. It's not fair to get a puppy, then leave her alone all day long so soon.) We're starting to think of the breed of dog. Our last 2 dogs have both been labs-- a yellow and a chocolate. I'm kind of hesitant to take a shelter dog unless we could be sure it hadn't been abused. I have 3 kids, and would be afraid that an abused dog would turn on one of my kids or on a visitor. We have a decent yard, but it's largely taken up by our swimming pool. It is fenced in, and there's room around it to run, in addition to a brick patio. It would HAVE to be a breed that's good, or better yet, great, with kids. That's non negotiable. We're not fabulous about daily walks. We would let Koko out whenever she wanted, but walks tended to happen more in the nice weather. The kids get on the bus at 8, and I'm normally home somewhere around 4 pm. So, as of September, it would be alone for that time. (And, in spite of Brian's pleas to the contrary, we are NOT getting TWO dogs!!!!) So... what do you think? What kind of dog should we start thinking about?