Those are my feelings exactly. When I was planning to get a dog, I was so worried about the fact that I worked full time...and I kept hearing/reading that you shouldnt get a dog if you work and if the dog would be alone for eight hours a day, then whats the point of getting one. Well if ONLY people who didnt work outside of the house got dogs, then there would be very few pet owners in this country and the shelters/rescues would be jam packed all the time. I think the most important thing is to choose a dog with a temperament/energy level that is compatible with your lifestyle and schedule, and to be fully aware of your individual dog's needs and make sure those are being met...whether that means enrolling them in doggie day care, hiring a mid-day dog walker, waking up super early to excercise them in the morning or coming home at lunch time, etc.I totally agree. How can you afford to have a dog if you can't work? That's what I always ask myself. It'd be nice to stay home with Micky all day, but then I couldn't afford to feed or groom him. So I work and he stays home all day. He probably just sleeps all day anyway, inbetween chasing the cat and chewing on bully sticks.
As much as I WISH I could, I dont currently have the ability to stay home full-time or work from home. But I love my dog and make every possible effort to make sure he is happy and well taken care of, and I couldnt imagine not having him. He has adjusted very well to my schedule and does fine - he knows that he has my full attention when I'm home :wub: