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  •  My family had... (2+ / 0-)
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    Puddytat, aitchdee

    ... "The World's Best Kids' Dog" from when I was six in 1952 to when she was old, incontinent, almost deaf and blind in 1966.  She is why I know dogs that are of a certain size need space to run in the country.  She never left the property, knew the exact boundaries (how, I don't know; there was no fence for the whole 160 acres).  She slept inside, of course, because in northern MN the winter nights can get mighty cold.  She had her clean blankets and rug at the foot of my brother's bed.  Well, she slept inside except when she tackled a skunk during the summer and stunk.  Her bedding was moved outside and once she didn't stink any longer she slept back inside summer and winter.

    As an adult I remembered our childhood dog and opted for a cat in apartment living.  It's easier to keep a litterbox clean than to have to walk a dog.  And I worked all day, so no one was at home to let a dog in and out for potty breaks, and I was worried about barking, and cats are quieter.  We had a lovely kitty when I was younger, too, who let me dress him in doll clothes (just as I had done with our lovely dog the first day we got her as a puppy - I have a picture).

    We had other animals on the farm, but I'll limit myself to just the dog and cat now.

    You are your best buddy's "pack."  That's why she always wants to be with you.  It can't be emphasized enough that dogs are pack animals.  If they don't have other dogs around, they make humans their adopted 'pack.'

    For working at a regular desk PC, I'd recommend a chair of her very own right next to yours.  I did that for the old kitty I nursed for a year and four months before he crossed the rainbow bridge.  He wanted to be on my lap, there was no room because the keyboard tray covered my lap, so I pulled a chair up next to my desk chair, where I petted him, talked to him, or he contentedly laid there and slept.

    I concur with those who have suggested a companion.  A dog is a natural pack animal (being descended from wolves), they need family around and they need to know their position within that pack.  She will be terribly lonely when you aren't there..., and if you get a companion puppy to keep her occupied, her maternal instincts will probably kick in and she will train another dog to be in her pack.  Or, maybe she'll be jealous, at least at first.  Bring her with to pick out a puppy.  If not a pup, then maybe a cat.  See what she likes or which ones she interacts with.  I'd advise against another adult dog unless circumstances are just right because it's easier to put a pup as junior in the pack than another dog who might have been an alpha dog at some point.  Your dog treats you as alpha, and she's the next in line, so any other person or animal comes after her in precedence.  They have a definite pecking order.

    Or maybe you'll have to consider doggie day-care if there is such a facility in your community.  I know there is such a thing in large cities, but I'm not sure about small communities.  Obviously, you can't leave her in the car all day.  Hot temps in spring, summer, or fall would kill her, even with windows open for air, and you couldn't take the guilt trip that would cause.  Short of that, you'll have to see if the boss would let you bring your dog to work.

    We smile at the signs for the misbehaving signs above..., but really, we're laughing nervously and in guilt because we have inappropriately put our beloved dogs in untenable situations where they can't really cope because their humans aren't paying enough attention to them or keeping them occupied and out of mischief.

    Dogs are fascinating creatures.  They have a whole psychology all their own, plus they are as emotional as we are and they can read our emotions and body language so they "know" our moods and how we will act.  Raising a well-adjusted dog requires a lot of time and interaction and a person paying as much attention to the dog and its' body language and sounds as they would their own kids.

    Preview of Nature: Dogs That Changed the World
    This video was online for a while, but I can only find two versions now, both dubbed in Russian.

    The Secret Life Of The Dog (Documentary) [58:35]

    Nat'l. Geo: And Man Created Dog [1:31:23]

    Understanding your dog is the key to understanding what she will need when you are away from home.  From your description, being away from you for long periods of time isn't something she would get used to.  She will have to be occupied one way or another, either with another animal or at doggie day care or at work with you (not in the car without you, however; that would just invite trouble).

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 11:43:32 PM PDT

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    •  I made that same chair next to her puter (2+ / 0-)
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      It works really well for my cats who can now have the proximity when they want it.  I found a desk chair which was going to be thrown out by a business when they got new furniture so the Cat Chair was the best price ever - free.

      I, too, opted for cats because food, water, toys, litterbox are all they need while I'm away.  I never knew day to day as a nurse whether or not I'd be forced to work another shift and not be able to get home.  A dog would have been unthinkable because there were times I worked 70-80 hour weeks.

      But they are very different creatures by their nature.  However, each pet has his and her own personality and give love unconditionally.  No wonder people who own pets feel better and actually live longer.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 11:54:07 PM PDT

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    •  NonnyO, this is such a wonderful, comprehensive (1+ / 0-)
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      reply, I feel terrible that all I can do right now is say thank you and I'll get back to you with a longer, more pertinent reply a little later. I have suddenly fallen sick; I've busted out in a cold sweat and am nauseous as can be. This absolutely has to pass before tomorrow afternoon or I'm in trouble.

      You are most thoughtful, dear lady, and I owe you more than this ...

      Talk again soon,


      God bless our tinfoil hearts.

      by aitchdee on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 10:56:18 AM PDT

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      •  I hope you get better very, very soon! (0+ / 0-)

        I must admit, I quite adore our furry family members and friends.  I was raised in a farming community, so it's necessary to be good to the animals who provide milk and/or meat, and/or labor (like horses who pull wagons or sleds).  Those who mistreat animals of any kind are looked upon with contempt.  With cold winters, barns are often built as snugly as houses and protect animals from the freezing temps while providing a place to feed them, and milk the ones who have calved.

        Your furry family member loves you and you love her, that's obvious.  I know you would never do anything to hurt her in any way, shape, or form, which is why you're worried about leaving her alone while you're at work.  There are ways around that that will be beneficial to her and to you.

        Best Wishes....

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 02:20:36 PM PDT

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