jamielvsaustin wrote:Abbygirl I never said working long hours makes someone a bad owner. I'm just saying some people aren't going to be great at dog ownership...and for those people this is a really bad option.
It seemed to be what you were implying and I can say I took it that way also.
I should add that when I work Khan is not crated and has full run of the house. He has water, all his toys, beds, etc. I would not be comfortable having him crated for 12 hour shifts.
Do I like that I have to leave him for those shifts, no. Did I know when I started working for this department I would have forced overtime basically non stop, no. Have I tried to find another job closer to home with a better schedule, yes. Unfortunately in this economy in this area I have been trying to find another job in my field for 4 1/2 years. It just isn't happening and I need to work to pay the mortgage, feed Khan, pay vet bills, etc. I do not believe Khan or any of my other animals are suffering over it though. Would they like me to be home with them 24/7...I'm sure they would!
It really is offensive when people make comments an d assume that your animals are lacking in some way.
In reference to the medical question...I can say my personal dog has no medical problems from being home for 13 hours.