Here is the back story. Back in 2008 I got a new pup. At that point I was doing some playing, mostly local with sloppy jamband type stuff. It was fun...Even with the pup I was still able to get out and do that stuff as most of it was local and one night a week. Flash forward to 2018-2019 and I wanted to pick up my bass playing game so one night a week i started traveling to NYC to do combo workshops at the NYJA. Dog was still around at that time, but i had the help of a neighbor who would take her those days, and the dog was also older and could be left alone for longer periods. During that time I also started double bass studies, same deal. Would travel to NYC on saturday afternoons for this and was gone for probably 5-6 hours those days. August of 2019 my dog passed away from cancer. Now, almost a year later Im slated for a new puppy in August of this year, but am nervous as heck about it. Most of it is driven by fear of having to give up musical opportunities and trips to NYC. I've come to enjoy those trips, as it gets me out of the relatively isolated and musically illiterate area area I live in... On the other hand, those tips are rather expensive. Train fare alone had me paying 200-300 a month...that doesn't include studio fees, lessons etc...I was rationalizing that by telling myself it was education expenses and a way to get me socializing with others. On the other hand, I do miss having a dog. Single, and living alone gets old...and having a dog around in some ways kept me grounded.