Seperating 2 dogs during move/relationship seperation?
June 28, 2014 12:47 PM Subscribe
I am moving to New York for work, and would like my dog to come with me.
My husband and I are going to be long-distance for a year, and possibly more. I am the "dog person" in our relationship, and we have 2 dogs. I want to make the healthiest decision for my animals in terms of their dynamic during a seperation/move. Deets on dogs inside.
posted by Kestrelxo to Pets & Animals (7 answers total)
Dog #1 is smaller(20 lbs), bonded to me, and has really awful anxiety/ behavior problems when I'm gone for a while. We've also never been seperated for more than a month at a time. I feel as though I'd be able to find a living situation in my budget, while having one dog. He has spent half of his life with dog#2, and I've had him since before husband's and my 5 year relationship began.Definately "my" dog that I feel responsible for.
Dog #2 is perfectly behaved, and has spent her entire life with dog #1. I would love to bring her, but I don't think I'd be able to find a sublet or room mate that would be okay with throwing 2 dogs into their mix. She's very close to my husband, but I'm the one who mainly takes care of her semi-special considerations, which hubby neglects. (needs special food, has mild skin issues, taking care of her long hair)
I'm worried my husband will neglect dog #2's care if I leave her home, also that dog #1's health will be affected if I leave for a prolonged period of time. If I leave them at home, they wouldn't have as much human contact time, as my husband will be out of the house the majority of the time. (school/work/internship) I adore my dogs and don't want to be away from them!!
What can I do? Is it unheard of to move to the city with 2 dogs? Should I leave them at home if I only plan on staying in NY for a year or two? Any insight would be appreciated.