I made a thread a few months back but forgot my user name & password, so I've logged in to my very old account..
I'm seeking honest.. but friendly opinions from you lovely doggy people.
Basically, to put it in brief, I'd love a dog, but work essential full time, and I don't know whether combining the two can work, and is fair.
I'm a student, spending half the year in university, and half the year in placement (not literally 6 months on each, split up into three - 5 long alternating chunks).
When I'm in Uni, I tend to be in 2 or 3 days a week - 9 till 5 (I can finish earlier, but not a given). When I'm in placement, that's when I'm working full time - either 5 days a week 9 - 4, or 3 to 4 days a week 7 - 7 - yep, 12 hour shifts.. as you can imagine this is where my main concern is - a concern I think may basically be the decision maker..
I've put that in bold just because this is essentially the issue I have the biggest problem with, and is my focus.
I've been walking my neighbours pug & ****zu 1 or 2 times a week and I love it. We go on two hour walks with my other neighbour and it's wonderful. Lovely friendly doggy community.
This neighbour also is happy to walk my dog when I can't, and would be happy to have the dog chill at hers for a few hours (and vice versa).
I have a garden, enclosed, which the dog would have 24 hour access to. Two other dogs (the pug & ****zu) use this garden, they're lovely dogs.
I've considered older dogs (I'd prefer a puppy but know that training them requires commitment) but ultimately the problem is still the long time I'd be out. As I've said I'd arrange for them not to be left alone for that long - god that'd be cruel, I know it's really 4 - 6 hours max.
I'm veering more to not having a dog - it's weird as I seem to have to much time to give to one, but obviously there are the days when I don't.
I'm rambling now.. but needed to get it off my chest!.