For those of you thinking of adopting a dog this coming year, it's a good idea to do some research. Many dog books only tell the best breed traits, ignoring any speedbumps or difficulties you may encounter along the way. Since not every breed may be right for your family or home, finding information about your potential family member could save at lot of heartbreak and disappointment. Also, don't adopt a dog just because you've seen the breed on the movie screen or television and think it's cute. Disney's 101 Dalmatians is a case in point. An awful lot of Dalmatians found themselves in shelters when their families couldn't handle the energy level and training needs of their new pet. One way of learning about the different breeds is finding a well written book. The Good, the Bad, and the Furry by Sam Stall is a fun book that tells not only the pros, but also the cons, of many breeds available. For example, the Collie is described as smart and great around kids, but also reserved and very sensitive. Mr. Stall tells you this in a funny and entertaining way that I'm sure you'd enjoy and find very informative.