One doesn’t replace the other! My kids are my life but they have their own life to live so these precious pups which have all the love in the world to give to someone. Even though we lost 2 precopies dogs last year of old age and heartworm I feel its doing them a injustice not to love every dog I can! As it happens poodles and doodles are my match, non shedding(allergies) truly a service dog, he may not have a collar that sais that but he is in every since of the word to me! They do keep me busy which is necessary after the kiddos fly the coup! I didn’t plan it this way Charlie just came into our lives at the perfect time, we ARE so Lucky!