Going to the dogs (Can a single man successfully care for a doggie?)

I’ve always wanted a dog.  Not just A dog though, but a Siberian Husky.  There’s just something about owning a wolf-like dog that would be one step closer to fulfilling the lifelong fantasy of living in a cabin in the mountains, man’s best friend cozily stretched out near the fireplace, while the world’s best cappuccino machine chugs away in the kitchen.  Hey, a cabin tucked away in a valley somewhere doesn’t mean I’m not without my creature comforts, ya know.

The only thing is, the kind of dog suitable for my current lifestyle needs to be one with the mind of a… cat.  One that wouldn’t get lonely while I’m working, because it pretty much slept the whole day, and one perfectly content with the confines of a dinky apartment (at least until said cabin is eventually purchased.)  You know, the exact opposite of what would keep a Siberian Husky happy.

Siberian Husky Puppy
Hoooosa prettypuppy? Hooooooosaaaaa pretttypuppppy???

I wonder how apartment dwelling single folks do it.  Most dogs are social creatures and can’t be left alone all day, so sans pet-sitting 5 days a week, the only other solution to avoid this is getting a second dog, which is already starting to complicate things more than I’d like.  (Plus TWO dogs in a small apartment? Ehhhhh…)

So if I’m to get a dog now, it’d have to be a breed more suitable to my current living conditions.  And no, I ain’t getting a toy dog.

Siberian Husky Eats Cookie

Ultimately, I think I need to focus on a career change rather than wring my hands over what kind of dog I could manage to take care of.  One that allows me to stay at home while I work, which incidentally would not only make it possible to care for a dog and keep it happy, but allow me to get OUT OF THIS STATE ONCE AND FOR ALL too.

I see a picture in my mind of the near perfect life complete with doggie woggie, but it looks like it will all have to first start with finding  a new job in a new state, preferably one with lots of mountains.

Siberian Husky chills out on lawn
A young Siberian I came across while sightseeing in Telluride, Colorado

Author: Frank

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13 thoughts on “Going to the dogs (Can a single man successfully care for a doggie?)”

  1. Have you considered a Red Husky? Those are some beautiful dogs (and I am not really a dog person). Half of them have crazy eyes, too!

    1. Those are Siberians as well, they actually have a surprising range of different looks (albeit the same temperament). Some day. 😀

  2. Oh you’ve got to be careful of them Huskies..they shed a pound of fur almost every week. I had a friend over in West Palm Beach, FL who had a Siberian Husky and this thing was almost having catatonic collapses because it was overheated. Of course since you mentioned NYC and that you eventually wanted to move to CO, then that shouldn’t be an issue. I will tell you though, they are rambunctious little suckers. I mean my friend’s dog was all over my groin meat when I first met her…seems as though I still had luck with the ladies (at least bitches (meant as the textbook definition) 😉 ).

    1. Dude, TMI.

      And seriously, the Siberian is an ARCTIC mountain dog. Of course it’s going to shed furiously in 100 degree, 100% humidity weather, since that’s the only thing keeping the dog from going into a heat stroke. I have a friend who also got himself a mountain dog despite living in the deep south. *face palm* I swear some people should just be banned from owning pets. 😛

  3. If you have time to devote to them and time to take them out to socialize/exercise them, Huskies don’t really have any special requirements. They do puppy things like any other breed, are insanely smart (to an annoying degree, really, you can’t trick them the same way twice) have a buttton of energy, don’t eat a ton, and are ok in most types of weather (good insulation works both ways). Only thing you should NOT do if and when you prepare to get one is to idealize them because of their looks or intelligence. Raising puppies are hard, and therefore raising huskies are hard. My life has changed a lot, and mine is only 4 months old. All in all, beware idealization (borrow one for a week if possible!) and don’t get a dog unless you’ve settled down at least for a year or two.

    1. That’s part of why I think it might be a good idea for me to volunteer at a rescue, really get a good sense of animal care before I make the plunge for a dog of my own.

  4. There are definitely some dogs who are great at lazing around the house all day and conserving their energy for their twice a day walks but can happily adjust to going for a long hike on the weekend.

    1. I’d love to have a dog as an exercise partner too, so a dog that’s active but not TOO active would suit me just fine. 🙂

  5. Dogs and apartments don’t really go together well. Cats are far better suited to that kind of thing. Or fish. Catfish. All the warmth and comfort of a dog, and you don’t have to feel guilty about frying it up in a skillet when the pantry’s bare, because hey, it’s a fish. Just make sure you keep some batter on hand.

    Who’s been messing with my pills?

    1. You got something against hot dogs? 😉 Mmmmmm, hot dogs, bratwurst, chickenz, boigas… guess I’m having another BBQ this weekend.

  6. Hi Frank, not to throw you off the breed, they need 2 mile or more hike per day, rain or shine, shed tremendously 2x per year and need you as you are their ‘pack’. They are very smart and will run away or do bad things to get out if they are not worked. They are strong and wonderful dogs but be very forewarned, they can live to be 15 and will be puppy like and high energy most of their life! So many if them end up in shelters when the cute puppy phase wears off and they become destructive when you don’t have time to give them the workout they need. Consider fostering first then find a husky rescue. All but one of mine were from rescue. There are so many that need homes and they bond with you quickly.
    Would love a copy of your ‘cookie’ photo which looks just like my female Bailey!! Good luck to you!

    1. Feel free to download the cookie photo! I definitely hear ya, in spite of Spitz breeds being my favorite type of dogs, they just have too much of a high energy drive to make them suitable for my easier going lifestyle. Thankfully though I have done a TON of research since then to find an alternative, and located an unorthodox breed that takes several lineage of breeds (including Malamutes) to create a more calmer, quieter companion dog. I’m in year two of my wait, but currently I’ve met and am awaiting the training completion of such a dog to be field ready as a hearing dog. You can see a couple of pictures of her here: http://geeksjourney.com/a-window-into-heaven 🙂

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