How to avoid crating dogs while I work
February 5, 2012 3:31 AM Subscribe
I need help either alleviating my guilt or discovering a solution for how to give my dogs the best life I can while I also maintain a full-time job.
posted by lucy40 to pets & animals (15 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I decided in the past few days that I could no longer live in an abusive relationship and am coming to terms with the loss, sadness, and everything else that accompanies the realization that a relationship you'd hoped for simply is not to be.
Before I can even consider what all this means for me, I need to know how this change will have the least effect on my dogs, who mean the world to me.
Before, my boyfriend worked part time and was at home caring for our dogs before he went to work, walking, taking to the park, etc. It meant so much to me because they were getting exercise and good, positive stimulation. And when I got home in the afternoons I could care for them.
My dogs are working dogs who aren't the dog park, doggy day care kind of dogs, and I'm feeling so bad that their lives might involve them being crated for 8 hours a day. They are middle-aged dogs, so it isn't as though they are as rambunctious as when they were pups, but I just don't want to give them this kind of life.
If anyone has thoughts, I'd welcome them.