See my life is so simple with our dogs. They get a walk in leash every evening. I often take the kids with me after bath but otherwise it's my me time and I love it.
Our 2 just slot in to our lives so easily. We live a 5 minute walk from a fabulous dog beach and spend most evenings in summer down there with the 4 kids and the 2 dogs just hanging out and splashing in the waves with them.
Our Jack Russell barely sheds and we clip the retriever in summer so very little hair.
Some people wouldn't have 4 kids because it's too much work. Many feel that way about dogs. I love having 2 and know that's how it will always be for our family.