does anyone who works (and whose dp/dh works) have a dog? I'm kind of hankering after one but I think I know in my heart that it's not right. I was brought up with dogs (not in the wild, you understand)and so was dh so we do know what having and caring for a dog means. So please don't jump down my throat for even thinking about it. I work 3 days a week and we have a nanny - so I'm not talking about leaving a dog 8-6 5 days a week. But are there any breeds that might find our arrangements acceptable? The only problem is, like anyone I guess, it's not entirely clear how long I will work p-t for and possibly even how long we'll have a nanny for. Plus finding nannies is difficult enough. I imagine finding dog-loving ones to be even harder. Tell me to stop being silly and forget it
why not resue an older dog that maybe came from a home with working people - so was used to it - or get a dog walker for lunchtimes. I've always worked and had my beloved pooch for 14 years now. she was destructive to begin with but got used to being on her own - with a lovely long walk morning and evening and a quick stroll at lunchtimes. when I had to work further away and couldn't do lunches - my vet put me in touch with a wonderful lady who walked doggie for £2.50 a day and sometimes the walk lasted 4 hours she was so besotted!
or get 2!
It can and does work, depending on how you manage it. It depends also on the temperament of the dog and what they are used to. We've got a Labrador (had him from 9 weeks) and he's fine at home. It's been the same arrangements since we got him.
I work full time and DH works away 2 weeks every month and the dog has settled into a good routine. When DH's home they are inseparable. We have a dog walker for the 2 weeks DH is away to get him out and about for a couple of hours during the day - also gives him a chance to socialise with the other dogs she walks. Hes ususally knackered after his afternoon walk and is usually asleep or chomping on a bone when I get home. I then take him for a short walk before dinner.
If you want one, try and sort out a dog walker or at least a nanny that loves dogs first. We've been very lucky and I know I wouldn't have managed the past 2 years without him.