We are a family of 4 with two girls, ages 9 & 12. My husband and I grew up with dogs and cats in our households and after we married, we owned two littermate cats which we raised from kittens until they both passed away at the age of 16, about five years ago. Our girls both desperately want pets. Our eldest daughter is obsessed with dogs, our youngest really wants a cat. My husband and I are fine with adopting both, but would like to plan out our best strategy for making this work. Which animal should we adopt first? Is it easier to introduce a new dog to a resident cat or the other way around? My preference would be to adopt a kitten (adventurous and perhaps a bit more tolerant?) and a medium sized dog that is 2-5 years old (still young, but no longer in its puppy stage), but we are open to recommendations. Is there anything else we should be considering? We’d appreciate any advice.