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When I was walking my first dog, a man approached, begging me to let him pet my dog: He had just lost his own, his best friend of many years, and was dying to get a new puppy, but the breeder couldn't provide one for another few weeks. So, please, let me pet your dog a little, won't you?

So, when my first dog was getting old, to avoid such a period of emptiness, we got a new puppy while he was still alive. And boy, did he get alive! He fell in love with the little one at first sight, and lived for another three and a half years ... The two were "best buddies" throughout, like you never saw before (even though both were males).

During those years, our family broke up, and I was left alone with the dogs. At age almost 12 years (that is a lot for a large St.Bernhard!) the old one said goodbye. And the following day, the young one simply refused to walk past the place where the old had been laying when he closed his eyes; I had to use strong force to drag the young one by. We had our 45 min walk, and when we got home, the young one laid down. Wouldn't raise up. He never did. So I lost both my dogs within 24 hours.

Then I sat down thinking: I can't possibly spend more than four hours per day giving a dog active attention, like walking or petting him. Twenty hours a day, he will be left to himself, all alone. Those hours, the two had been together, having each other to interact with. The young one understood that now he would be completely left to himself twenty hours a day.

If I get myself a new dog, can I defend any such thing? No. Certainly not as long as I am living alone. During the first years with the old one, he probably didn't get much more than four hours a day of active attention, but there was family life around him: People talking, singing, making food, moving in and out, ... Whenever we had a meal, he would come to lie down by the table (even though he knew well that he would get nothing). He was present in family life sixteen hours a day.

So, unless I get a new family (which is not likely to happen), I cannot take the responsibility for giving a dog 20+ hours a day of loneliness.

I sort of understand the young one. His social life would be like sitting in a prison cell, only being let out for short breath of air at long intervals. I do not have a dog now. I miss it, but I can't make myself doing this to a dog.
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