... And Fido Makes Two
April 6, 2011 3:46 AM Subscribe
Given my personal circumstances, will it ever become possible for me to get a dog?
posted by Ziggy500 to pets & animals (32 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm single and live alone and work full-time (9 to 5); I live in a small (1 bed, 1 reception) flat and travel a few times a year.
I grew up around dogs and LOVE them, and would like nothing better than to get one of my own. If I did get a dog, I'd absolutely shell out for a walker to come by during the day and whenever I was away, and plan my social life around it - I'm a planner by nature, so this would not be a big change. I'd be able to commit to walking it in the morning and evening and spending lots of my free time with it. I am not picky about breed or age, but being a mellow person myself I would much prefer a mellow dog.
My problem is that, apart from the weekends, I wouldn't be at home during the day and I wonder how fair this would be to any dog. I really don't think I would have the space and funds available for two dogs to keep each other company! The dog would not be able to go into the garden while I was out.
I know that lots of single people own dogs, and I know that lots of people who work 9-5 own dogs, I just can't understand how they make it work! I'd love some input into how you organise your life, how the dog seems to like being left alone a fair bit, and what breeds would suit this sort of set-up.