Has anyone gotten a puppy while working full time, with no spouse / live in / roommates? And if so, do you have pointers?
Assume the following:
1.) The Relampago and I live alone. There are family members nearby (one of them works within two blocks of our house), and we are not adverse to the "It Takes a Village" theory, if that's what it takes to have a nicely socialized dog.
2.) We have a nice sized back yard. We probably should go through and make sure that there aren't any holes in the fences or access to under the house for a smallish dog to get through.
3.) I live close enough to where I work that it's not inconceivable that I can come home for lunch maybe two or three times a week, but planning in advance for that may be difficult. Claudia could also concievably come by to take care of any biological needs.
4.) Relampago stays in the house all day, between eight and ten hours. No compliants, no accidents, no destruction of furniture, no chewing, no shedding. I think he alternates between the couch in the TV room and his chair in the living room. Sometimes he naps on my bed. I suspect he sleeps for a good portion of the day, but he also chews bones, rearranges the rugs, and spends a lot of time on guard duty. When Zapata comes over, I think that they play a very complicated game of chase. Both seem to be rather exhausted when they've spent the day together.
5.) Relampago generally doesn't like other dogs, but he adores Zapata, and he spent a lot of time in worship Chispa before she died. He lives in abject terror of Holden. Both Zapata and Chispa are/were Pulik, so I think that Relampago wouldn't have a problem with another puppy of his own breed so long as he got to establish himself as being the one in charge. (It took him an hour to go from wanting to kill my mom's puppy to playing with it.) He thinks he's an alpha dog, but really he's a beta. I imagine that it wouldn't take very long for the new puppy to figure that out.