I would love to get a dog, but I work long hours and worry that I wouldn't have enough time to devote to pet care, mostly in terms of keeping the dog company. Should I forgo the idea?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
Not necessarily. As long as you can devote proper time to basic pet care, such as feeding, cleaning, grooming, walking and regular veterinarian visits, your dog should be OK. That, however, doesn't address the loneliness your pet might feel when you are away. You might at first balk at this suggestion, but you would probably be better off adopting two dogs instead of one, if your living arrangement allows for it. Canines are pack animals and enjoy the company of others. If you can properly take care of your dogs, they can also help to take care of themselves, in terms of keeping themselves company when you are away. Never leave a dog alone for more than a day or so, though, even if other canine company is around. If you need to travel for business or pleasure, be sure to get a dog sitter or board your pet at a kennel.