We recently adopted a dog and I'm having second thoughts as to the disruption in our schedule/routine. We lost our old dog several years ago, so we have gotten use to not having that responsibility. My kids are both teenagers, who have been begging us for a dog the last couple of years. They said they would take care of it, and play with it, and be responsible, and for the most part they are, but they are still teenagers with sports, homework, friends, and other activities that keep us busy every night of the week. My second thoughts are not about the dog itself, he is a wonderful dog, I'm just not sure we have enough time to give him. Is it fair to have a dog that's alone during the day while we are at work/school and then again several evenings when we are busy with other things? Or is this typical "mom" guilt? I'm really struggling with this decision and feeling like a horrible person that we agreed to something and now regretting it. The kids would be so sad if we gave him back to the rescue, and I would be embarrassed to give him back too. But I just want what's best for the dog, he deserves a family that has time for him. Any advice would be very helpful!