Another thing I hear a lot is "I want a dog SO bad, but my husband doesn't like dogs (is allergic, etc., etc.)" Which is fine, in fact good not to get one if the whole family isn't on board. But I can't imagine marrying someone that disliked dogs. In fact, pretty sure it would never go beyond a first date because...what would we talk about?
To be fair, I wasn't a dog person when we met. I had a dog as a kid but didn't envision having one as an adult. (Long-dormant dream that was kind of forgotten.) My husband wasn't a dog person, either. In fact, he didn't really like dogs at all.
Then a friend texted me a picture of the GSD puppy her ex bought their daughter and it was all over. I researched the breed, started figuring out how I could make my life work for the dog, started making noises about how I NEEDED one. Finally, a coworker of his informed him that if he was going to travel for work and leave me alone for full weeks at a time, he needed to let me have a GSD. He relented and told me to go research breeders. He did not want that dog. He didn't hate the idea of having it, but he wouldn't have sought out that puppy on his own.
In other words - life happens and things change. Luckily she's awesome and they're best friends, and while he acknowledges that he doesn't enjoy the puppy stage, there will be future German Shepherds for us.
On the flip side, I wasn't a cat person when we met (allergies). He had a cat. We've now had three additional cats together, two of whom are still alive. I'm kind of over the entire notion of cat ownership and have told him i'll never say he can't have one, but I don't want any more. I wouldn't keep the two we have if it was solely up to me and if I didn't realize I was an active participant in choosing to get them (i.e., I have a responsibility to them). So - there's that too.