Hi all! I've been pretty busy lately and haven't had time to post a lot. So, I've always wanted a dog, my entire life, but I still live at my parents house in a suburban/beach neighborhood area. They have been generous enough to let me house my two pet bunnies (inside), and the chickens. The chickens aren't really a major expense though, so they don't have a problem there, but they hate the mess so I just make sure to keep the yard and coop always clean This morning I was out having coffee with my parents, and all of a sudden my mom said, " I sort of miss having a dog." my dad then recalled a breeder that bred the cutest little goldendoodles. It sounded like they were near getting a dog, for Christmas. I've always wanted a dog from the shelter. Adopt don't shop was my moto. But my parents said absolutely not. Almost all the dogs at the shelter are pitbulls, german shepherds. I absolutely love pitbulls and german shepherds, but my dad does'nt. We were at my friends house when I was a kid, and her dog bit him, for no reason (I think he came from an abuse case and didn't like men), and ever since that my dad can't stand them. It's really wrong for him to judge the breed on one dog, but oh well. So I really want an aussie or a bernese mountain dog puppy. I've been looking at ads to show my parents, but I have a few questions on the care of dogs. Lol, sorry for taking so long to get to the point - What food and diet do you reccomend. I can't feed a raw diet. There are no butchers in my area, and the meet at the grocery market is either super expensive for good quality, or cheap but horrible quality. Do you prefer wet or dry and what brand. I can't really afford $70 and up for one bag of food. - What breed do you think would be good? Our backyard is medium sized, and the chicken coop is in it. The coop is incredibly secure, so there is absolutely no way the dog would be able to get into the coop while i'm gone (the flooring in the coop is a bunch of wood planks attached to the coop. I prefer medium-large sized dogs. I hate small dogs. I would be able to take the dog for an hour walk 2 times a day with runs on the beach and hikes. I'm sort of interested in australian shepherds and bernese mountain dogs. - Do dogs and chickens get along. My dad would want a puppy, as he thinks that the puppy would be used to the chickens when it's older and won't want to attack them. I realize this isn't a dog forum... But any advice and information would be really appreciated!!!!