Anyone who knows me probably knows I have a dog. Anyone who knows me more than ten minutes knows my dog goes to daycare.
I’ll pause while that sinks in and the inevitable questions spring to mind. I’m guessing, “Why?! How often? How much does that cost you? Don’t you think it’s a waste?”
I’ll go ahead and address this, once and for all, so everyone understands the insanity behind it.
Let’s start with WHY. Well, we live in an 800sq foot third floor apartment with no yard, and I work an average of ten hours a day, five to six days a week. That’s 50-60 hours of alone time for Oreo in one room with no stimulation. Dogs are pack animals by nature, they thrive in company. A lonely dog is an antisocial dog, and that leads to a dog who snaps at other animals, and sometimes people. I’m not suggesting everyone who leaves their dog alone every day has an aggressive dog, but I’ve had dogs all my life and I can assure you that the ones who spent the least time in company were the crankiest of the lot.
Next! HOW OFTEN AND HOW MUCH? Well, we average four to five days a week in daycare right now. He doesn’t go on weekends because we are only gone for a couple of hours at a time, and he doesn’t go on my days off for the same reason. How much is that? Rude, but everyone asks me and somehow thinks it’s fine. I don’t ask how much you drop on your kid’s daycare, or your yoga classes, or your makeup addiction. But that’s okay, I’ll tell you. We average $400-$500 a month. Yep, it really is that much. I know, right? We should all open a daycare for dogs.
And finally; ISN’T THAT A WASTE? This brings me to what is more important to me than anything. I have a responsibility to take care of my dog like he takes care of me. When Tony brought Oreo home for me, I was going through a pretty rough period in my life. Oreo gave me something positive to focus on, and he gave and still gives unconditional love and comfort. A dog is always happy to see you, and always willing to play. I feel like it would be selfish of me to keep him to make myself happy, while not caring as much about his happiness. He is the brightest spot in my day every day, why would I not give him the best possible life I can manage?
So yes, it is crazy but I am happy to send my dog to daycare for as long as I can financially manage it. He deserves to experience as much joy as I can provide him, because that’s what he brings us.