- 4 years ago
- Wedding: November 2015
Hello all! FI and I made an agreement yesterday that we will be doggie parents within the next 3 years (so by February 2, 2017)! This is incredibly exciting for both of us as I have been wanting a dog since my parents’ Lab passed in 2007 and FI was never able to own a dog growing up (no allergies or anything like that; his mom just didn’t want one).
I had two dogs growing up, so I know the basics of owning a dog. We both work full-time during normal business hours and the dog would be alone for about 9 hours a day (we are unable to run home during lunch breaks). We fully intend on spending as much time as possible with the dog during mornings, nights, and weekends and we both realize that means we may not be able to do the types of things we want to do – I’m more of a homebody anyways, so I don’t mind hanging out with the pup at home more.
We intend on looking to adopt a dog that is over a year old because puppies need bathroom breaks more often and we wouldn’t feel right bringing a puppy home if we couldn’t guarantee that could happen.
It’s possible that I will no longer be working by the time the three year mark hits as we will be married and we both want one parent to stay home with the kids, but there is no guarantee that will be the case. Honest opinions are very welcomed.
1. How does your dog handle the seperation from you during the work day (and what type of dog do you own)? Are they fine with it? Are they able to hold their bladder until you get home at night?
2. FI and I live in a condo (the HOA allows up to 2 pets per unit). We plan on getting a smaller dog that is good with that type of lifestyle – such as a pug. Since we really want to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue we are open to a mutt as well. Does anyone have suggestions on breeds that are lower energy? And which dogs are ok with being on their own for a while?
3. FI and I fully plan on going over our budget before committing to a dog or even searching for one to adopt. We want to make sure we can afford to keep the little furball in milky bones – meaning all the essentials (food, healthcare) and the bonuses (toys and treats). I know that we can’t know the exact cost for our situation, but I would like to have some estimates to work with. How much do you spend, on average, to be a dog owner? For instance, how much does you dog cost in kibble and other essentials?
4. How do you cater to your dog’s social needs if you work full-time? Do you do doggie daycare at all? Do you hire a dogwalker? FI isn’t really sold on either of those ideas – he would much rather prefer taking the dog to the park or to a dog park in the area to socialize with other dogs (and introducing him to new people as well). Do you think that would be enough?
We are both really excited about this idea, but we also really want to make sure this is something we are ready and prepared for. The last thing we want is to bring a dog home and find that we weren’t ready for the responsibility or we can’t provide everything the dog needs. Any honest advice would be really appreciated!