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Old 05-21-2012, 10:38 PM
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Will I never be able to have a dog? :(

Hello everyone! My name is Jackson from Canada and this is my first time in the forum. I hope to become a regular member here and meet everyone if possible!

I do have kind of a problem though.

I am 22 years old and I just got out of university. I live with a couple room mates but they are just room mates. I cant exactly ask them for too many favours.

The thing is, i REALLY REALLY want a dog. I grew up with dogs as a child and i loved both of them sooo much. But I work Monday-Friday, 9-5, pretty much always, so how can i get a dog knowing that shes going to be alone for half the day everyday. I am willing to devote every minute of my day outside of work, but its still a 8 hour shift that my dog will be alone everyday. My work is too far from home for me to check in at lunch or anything.

Is anyone else in a similar situation?? or perhaps they work and have found a way to make it work? any insight would be very much appreciated.
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Your best bet would be to visit a shelter and find an older dog who is already house trained and not too high energy that would do okay alone for 8 hours.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:46 PM
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so its not totally uncommon for dogs to be left alone for 8 hrs at a time? the way they stare you when you leave just makes me ache haha. although, i know thats not necessarily the best thing for the dogs
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I've dealt with similar issues. I had two dogs while growing up but they died while I was still pretty young and ever since I begged my parents for a puppy. Now I'm an adult and while there were conflicts I needed to sort out to properly care for him, I took the plunge and adopted a puppy. Once you have he/she, you will find a way to work everything out. If you're truly committed to your dog then you will be a fantastic dog owner! And it really is not all that unusual for your dog to be left alone for an extended period of time. It'll all work out for the best and it'll make you happy and the dog as well, I'm sure! Good luck!
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:41 PM
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Your best bet would be to visit a shelter and find an older dog who is already house trained and not too high energy that would do okay alone for 8 hours.
who knows...perhaps the roomies will warm and up and help her just because they like her. make sure you don't get a barker that way it might soften the roomie's hearts. You need to have a sit down talk with them first though. They might have allergies, dog phobias...who knows. They are gonna live with the dog and if you give them an input they might just surprise you and be willing to take him/her out for a potty break in the middle of your shift. If you don't give them input, they might resent her/him no matter how sweet the dog is.
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I agree with Marbear. Talk with your roomies first to avoid any resentment and maybe they will help.
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And have a plan B in case the roomies all of a sudden, a couple months from now, decide they do not want a dog around and you are still on the hook for the lease money for however long.
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i agree with Marbear and Lucille. they might end up liking the dog and wanna help but if something changes youll want a backup plan. good luck with what eve you do
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