There is something inherently heartbreaking about having to leave my Bear behind, if even for an eight hour work day. Logic tells me that he’ll be fine – that he’ll sleep for most of the day curled up on my bed while simultaneously covering my sheets and duvets in layers upon layers of his fur. Logic tells me that he’s nibbling on his leftover from breakfast and filling his bladder with water and then taking all his toys out of their basket and scattering them all over the living room floor – which could be interpreted as fun….if you squint….and look at it sideways…
Most people (including some dog owners) don’t always acknowledge the fact that while they’re out working, networking, socializing and simply living life, their dog is at home waiting for them. It can be a little burdensome sometimes – events and outings must be planned in advance, with a great deal of consideration given to how much time Fido can spend at home alone before serious worry sets in (which usually leads to acting out – which usually leads to damage)…And really, how long can we seriously ask our dogs to hold their bladders and still be considered humane pet owners?
As pet-parents we need to remember that we have social circles and extended families. We have workplaces and colleagues and whole circles of acquaintances. When all is said and done, after all the doggy play dates and dog park friends, our pets only have us to rely on for their happiness and well-being.
Keep your tails wagging