Welcome aboard sj.
Aren't most husbands a bit nuts, land or sea based? That's been my experience... and well, sailors are all nuts. We'd have to be to give up (even part time) the comforts of our land bases for the rocking rolling cramped damp maintenance
monsters we call boats, wouldn't we?
All that said, there are beautiful sunrises and starry nights and adventures uncounted to be found aboard a boat... sometimes while at dock
I think your plan to program your introduction
into manageable chunks is a good one.
I suggest that you search your immediate area for a small unpretentious yacht club (yes, such things do exist ; -) and join. You will find a group of friendly folk who love nothing more than drawing unsuspecting newbies into the degradation and debasement that boat addiction is... really, junkies are not happy until everyone around them is well and truly hooked also!
You will make friends and have chances to learn to sail.
Once you are sure that sailing is for you get a small starter boat for a year or so of sailing. By the end of that year you will know so much more about what you like and don't like and what you need from a boat. It will make the next step, if you choose to take it, to a bigger boat, much more intelligent.
And most dogs love the water
. I have sailed with Irish Setters for my whole life. They all are soggy bottomed sailors of the best kind. The details are manageable. And while 3 might seem like a lot of canine on board they do curl up in their places and depending on their ages at this point, you might (sadly) not have all 3 by the time you are ready to cruise
This is a take it one step at a time project
, which you seem to have already grasped. It's a one problem/challenge at a time kinda thing too. You can get there from here ; -)
And the women afloat forum
might be a good place to start.
Best of luck!