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to think that we shouldn't be getting a dog just now?

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HarrySnotter Sun 10-Feb-13 14:04:27

First post. shock!

DH and I have been debating about getting a dog for the last 3 years or so. I always had dogs as a child (he did too as a young adult) and would absolutely love to have one as our family pet. We have two children 9 and 7.

My worry is that the dog would be on it's own for too long during the day. That is absolutely my only concern but it's really putting me off. I work from 8 til 1 every day and I work very close to home so taking into consideration dropping the children at school and getting home (2 mins, literally) I would be out of the house for just over 5 hours a day every day. (I work term time also if that's relevant)

I just worry that it's too long. Obviously the dog would be walked early in the morning and as soon as I get home and again at night but I still worry that it's too long. DH says I am being completely unreasonable and that it would be fine and that I am looking for excuses not to have one. This is absolutely not true, I would really love a dog but I want the dog to be happy and comfortable, not miserable and lonely.

He has found a rescue dog that is exactly what we would be looking for and now I feel in such a position it's totally getting me stressed. She's a beautiful dog, perfect for us in every way apart from this worry I have.

Now I know this is not a major problem compared to many things I see on here but I do think getting a dog is a big decision and I want to do the right thing. Any advice would be much appreciated.

countrykitten Tue 12-Feb-13 20:25:46

Agreed. It is your stupid and uncaring neighbours who are the problem - don't blame the dogs.

HarrySnotter Sat 23-Feb-13 14:31:51

Quick update.

She's here, she's beautiful and we are all besotted with her. Her name is Dolly and she's so calm and gorgeous and loving. We got her yesterday and I feel as if we've always had her. Came downstairs this mornings and found DH sitting on the floor beside her crate chatting away to her whilst reading the paper and she just lay there snoring. All changes when she sees her lead and she goes loopy! I'm so SO happy to have her and I think we'll make each other very happy! Off for a nice long walk now with my new buddy. smile

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Sat 23-Feb-13 14:33:08

grin oh that's lovely I'm so pleased it all went through ok. How wonderful to have her home. Welcome Dolly smile

Megatron Sat 23-Feb-13 15:33:52

Hello Dolly! Sounds like you'll bring a lot to each others lives. smile

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