I don't know a damn thing about dogs, really. Is this a terrible idea? I'm being told my cats will lose their minds, never come out of hiding, and will hate me. Other people have congratulated me on adopting a baby because apparently dog-related responsibility is much higher than cats require. I've also been told there's no way quiet/calm/mopey is her actual personality and she's going to be loud/jumpy/annoying because all dogs are like that and they "trick you." Sigh.
I guess I mostly just want to know personal experiences with dogs and especially with people that have cat(s) AND dog(s). Do they get along? Was there a major personality shift in your cat(s) after the dog was introduced? How much of a pain in the ass in general is a puppy really? Etc. Thank you!