I am a 13 year old girl and I am at boarding school.This means that I would not get to see the dog as much, but it is having the dog in the holidays that counts. My whole family (me, my 10 year old brother, my mum, my dad) want a dog, although my dad is not particularly vocal about it. My mum is the one who would be responsible for the dog. She has depression and thinks that having a dog might also help. She sometimes helps out with a friends dog. She wants a dog that wouldn't be too prone to setting off allergies as she has mild ones. She also wants a dog that might help her get up and about without being to hard to cope with. Our house is a bit messy but we are trying to sort it out and our garden is medium sized with a 5 foot fence. We feel that a puppy might be to much of a handful and so a better behaved shelter dog might be right. As well as advice on how to convince them that a dog is the right thing for us, could people give advice on breeds/crosses that might suit us?