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How old are you? I'm assuming you are young since you live with your parents. What would you do with the dog when you went off to school? What about when you want to move out and can't find an apartment that will accept a dog? What happens if your parents decide they don't like having a dog or don't want to pay for his food/bills anymore?

If you're serious I would have an actual conversation with the neighbour. Say something like "I've been seriously considering getting a dog, but the dog I really want is *insert dog name*. Have you ever considered re-homing him or would you ever consider letting him go?" You should have answers prepared for the above questions because no responsible dog owner would give away their dog without asking those kinds of questions. Have a plan

If the answer is a flat-out no, then you should probably let it go. You're also only seeing this dog once or twice a year, you're not getting a full picture of the dog's life.
 
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