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Sorry, you love your dog I know, but surely you cant leave it all day. ZZZZZIIIP thats me shutting up.
I worry about what my dog gets into when I'm not home. I can't imagine having to worry about two... I think a dog walker might be a better investment.
Anyway, you've got a big, active dog there. Also a dog that (typically) will bond with other animals. That said the "company" you might provide he/she with is limited by your domicile. Its not like they will go running together around the living room. Dogs, if they bond, will do things like sleep on each other and huddle together when stressed. And sometimes get testy and fight over chew toys without you around to break it up.
I can't give you yes or no advice here. I will say it is not practical. That said you cook for a living, like myself, so we both know practicality can be over rated.
Maybe a cooks with pets group could be started here? Not volunteering..just saying...
I haven't seen this thread in ages... but we've decided not to do it. I don't think she would do well at this point in her life with a new addition.. some days she's really good with other dogs but others. She manages well by herself and we give her lots of attention. Because of my schedule she's only alone three days a week during the school year and I think she sleeps alot while we're away. We did buy her a doghouse (our next door neighbour's dad built it) so we've been able to leave her outside when the weather's good and that's a change for her because there's always something different outside.
We've just adopted a dog from the shelter - a Kelpie cross 9 months old. Mt 16 y.o. son has been hankering for a dog for a long while - so that was his birthday present. It's a lovely dog, very active, but he gets taken for a 6km run most nights, sleeps in our son's room, doesn't soil the carpet, nice dog.
He's at an age where he is trainable still, so we have obedience classes lined up. Plus there are 5 of us at home to mind him and train him at any given hour of the clock. The cats already own him . He doesn't like claws in his face.