...to have a dog while leaving alone? OK, maybe someone would say "anything's possible", but I think it's complicated. I love dogs and I'd like to have a Labrador Retriever, but I live alone and I'm not at home during most of the day when working at the university (I stay most of the times when on vacation, though). I don't feel lonely. It's just that I've had that idea from a long time but I don't want a poor animal to suffer because nobody's at home. I have a roof in my place and I think there's a good space here to move, but again, I think that a dog is a very dependant pet. Cats are easier IMO and I also like them, but dogs are my real favorites. Any advice on this, including a different kind of dog or definitely abandoning the idea are welcome. Thank you in advance!