My boyfriend grew up in the city and the only dog he has ever had was when he was a toddler. He has very few memories of the dog.
After I had Riley for a few months I casually mentioned how I would like to get another Bull Terrier in the future when we get our own place. I got "No, 2 dogs are enough. You don't need another one" I told him that I wasn't going to run out the door and get another dog today, (and even if I did, he couldn't stop me!) but maybe in a couple years I would really like to have another Bull Terrier. He says nope, 2 dogs are enough.
Fast forward to now.....He loves Riley so much that, well, it's almost borderline sickening.
Every weekend when we he comes up here he makes a HUGE fuss over her. "There's my girl, I've missed you so much" (smooch, hugs, more hugs) "Here's another toy I bought for you" After the whole big scene is over, which takes approximately 15 minutes, I get "Hi honey" with a quick kiss. Then back to Riley "Oh, I've missed you so much!" Scarlette (my doberman) doesn't go with us to Jeff's on the weekends because she is so car sick that she will puke just backing out of the driveway. She is more than content to stay at home and sleep all day.
Last weekend he says "ya know, I wouldn't mind getting another dog just like her, except one that can hear."
My evil plan has worked! He has officially turned into a dog lover!
BTW, his excuse for not wanting another deaf dog is that he worries about her so much. I'm more paranoid than he is, trust me, but I think I would be more than willing to do it again if the situation presented itself to us.