Need advice on arrangements for my folks' dog while I'm at work.
Upon reading this question
, I'm beginning to ask myself if I will be able to provide suitable accommodations for my parents' dog while they're out of the country.
I'll be taking care of their 10.5lb, ten year old Shih Tzu for about five months soon, which is great! I love her and want to be able to provide good care for her. The problem is, I am renting and can't leave her in the main space in the home while I'm at work all day because she will pee on the hardwood and damage it.
I have a good sized bathroom (about 100 square feet) where I can put her bed with blankets, water, a small radio and puppy pads (which are good, but liquid tends to leak through the bottom a bit so not suitable for hardwood). The bathroom has a window and I can keep the light on and the fan going for air circulation.
She would be on her own for about 8.5 hours, 5 days a week. I'll be able to come home and check in on her during that time on some days, but not all. I can feed her and take her outdoors before and after work, and she'll have loads of attention when I am home. She is not a very active dog and spends a good part of the day curled up in her bed anyway. She's not much of a barker and does well on her own in general.
Is this cruel or ok? Any suggestions to make her more comfortable/happier?