My grandfather said "Children and pets are a millstone around your neck" but I would be lost without my millstones. So would have my grandfather My wife and I have missed cruises and other vacations because we did not trust others to take care of our "baby" . He is a 15yr. old yellow lab. A week of fun doesn't compare to a decade of love. My wife and I talked over starting a family, shortly after getting married. My wife wanted kids. I wanted dogs. Twenty years later, my wife decided I was right.
Toss your wife and your dog in the trunk of your car and drive around for a couple of hours. Open the trunk and see who is happy to see you.
Good luck and I hope you get a "millstone" that will love you as much as you love it.