So I am determined not to fall back into that ‘my world is ended, my heart is shattered’ funk that I was in before and so I am going to wrote about something very close to my heart and I would love to know what you think about this. It is a very straight forward question that I am going to ask you:
Should someone who works full time be allowed to adopt a rescue dog?
In my current line of work I am in regular contact with various rescues across the UK, and whenever I talk to them I can’t resist looking through the pages of their websites. Page after page of dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, horses, gerbils (you name it it needs rescuing!) and I look into each of their eyes and ask myself could I give this one a home. Then there are the other lists that do the rounds “Save today, tomorrow they will be put to sleep” and I look again into their faces and pray that someone, anyone will come forwards and save these souls.
OH and I talked about adopting another dog, however this led to the conversation as to whether or not we would be allowed to adopt. OH didn’t adopt BD, apparently he looked into adopting but was told that he wouldn’t be allowed due to working more than 4 hours a day, meaning BD is alone a lot of the time (and I felt so guilty every single morning as I would give him a kiss on the nose and tell him his dad would be back later). I became a woman obsessed buying any kind of time killing toy I could find to try and relieve some of my guilt – I digress. Every evening we would come home, take BD on a long evening walk, do a little training, and then usually would spend the evening together, with him curled up on me on the settee. We very rarely went out in an evening as BD had been alone most of the day and it didn’t seem fair. Weekends would usually involve long dog walks across fields, and until I fell out with the stupid trainer (another story) BD and I went to agility for 2 hours every Sunday.
Yet, when you read all of the adoption requirements for every rescue we would not be allowed to adopt one of their dogs. I know that being alone for a large portion of the day is not ideal, and I am sure I am not alone wishing that I could work from home so I would never need to leave my dog, however for the foreseeable future this is not going to happen and so I am potentially going to be dogless until I retire. I don’t know about you, but when I think of all those dogs who spend hours alone in kennels, those thousands of animals sentenced to death because a home has not been found. Although not ideal I can’t help but feel that a life, no matter how un-ideal, is better lived? That being a part of a family is better than weeks alone in kennels?
I would love to know what you think?!