I have always had a dog but having Havs is not just getting a dog(s); it's more like acquiring an entirely different lifestyle
My iPhoto library is full of dog pictures and my friends now (lovingly) call me the 'crazy dog lady'. And they are right.
I can relate to all the things everyone has already mentioned!
With 2 Havs we definitely watch a lot less TV - nothing is more entertaining than they are.
We smile and laugh a lot more.
Friendly? heck yeah. All it takes is eye contact and a smile my way and I will ask strangers to pet Tucker (for socialization you know, lol)
We walk a lot more and have lots more impromptu conversations with neighbors and strangers alike, all because of the dogs.
I now have a toy box, dog car seat, and life jackets for both. Sounds normal here on the forum but a definite lifestyle change for us.
For the first time ever we take the dogs with us on vacation. And love it.
Now instead of driving my kids to sporting practices, I'm driving my dogs to agility and puppy classes.
I have passed up evening social opportunities to stay home especially if I've had a busy day with errands and/or appts. And I don't resent it; I want to stay home with them.
I'm sure there are more ways we've both changed since becoming Hav parents but these were the first to come to mind.
One thing that hasn't changed is we are still both neat freaks. The furkids just get a lot of mini-baths and I sweep the floor a lot! <sigh>
Good question Missy!