The Dilemma of Doggie Daycare

oliver_2.jpgI had originally intended to blog about this WSJ article on animal pheromone products , but I just couldn’t get jazzed about it.

Like everyone else, the economy has hit our family hard. We live in a small mountain town outside Boulder, CO and both my future-hubby and I have a 40-minute commute to work (which we carpool). We are fortunate that Oliver is the best dog ever (I’m biased, I know) and we can leave him home alone without fear of garbage buffets, chewed shoes, or accidents on the rug. I don’t know what he does all day (Oprah? Anna Karenina?), whatever it is, he is always his happy, playful self when we get home.

We have been sending him to dog daycare twice a week so that he can play with other dogs and get a ton of exercise. This has been the only way I have been able to assuage my guilt over leaving him at home 2 days a week for 10 hours. Now we are at a point where we have to consider cutting-out the day care. We don’t live close enough to be able to go and run him during the day, our small mountain town doesn’t have a reliable pet sitter/dog walker, and Oliver at 70 pounds has become too big to bring to work. We also cannot leave him to wander outside (via a dog door) as we live in mountain lion country.

What do you do with your dog when you are at work? How do you handle the guilt? Am I being ridiculous? Am I over-thinking and creating a dilemma where there is none?

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