My mum's been making noises about getting a dog to keep her company when I'm not about. She's been unwell for most of this year and had really poor mobility but I think she's able to handle a couple of very short walks a day to take a dog out when I'm not there and actually it's good incentive to keep her moving as I think too much inactivity doesn't help her health improve anyways.
based on all kinds of variables I think something like a mid-size cockapoo might be the ticket based on what I've read about demeanour/temperament, grooming, general needs etc. my 2 young cousins spend a lot of time at my mums and my general experience with really small dogs is they're too snappy/mental.
obviously before I go ahead with anything I'll be doing my full due diligence on what I need but while I'm building up a mental checklist any/all advice on getting a puppy after not having a dog since I was 8 is most welcome. from best place to start to things you might not think you'll need but definitely will.