Anyone who knows me knows that I'm dog mom to the max. I mean I take my dog like everywhere with me. I would bring her to work with me too, if they would allow dogs in the building. I feel so bad for her that she spends the majority of her days home alone, so when I'm home at night or on the weekends I try to do things that Ellie can do with me.
One thing I wasn't prepared for post-grad was how lonely life can feel sometimes. Gone are the days when I could walk down the hall and find any number of my friends hanging out in their rooms or on the floor of the hallway. Now it takes a lot of coordination to get the group together and we can't really spontaneously decide to all go out one night as we all work completely different schedules.
One of the most overlooked costs of owning a dog, particularly in the city, is the dog walker. Because I work downtown, I am gone 10 to 11 hours a day. Meaning Ellie is left alone and has to hold it/keep herself entertained until I get home. As this is a lot to ask of a dog, especially a young dog, I choose to hire someone to come in the middle of the day to take Ellie for a 30 minute walk. This costs me around $150 - $200 per month depending on how many times a week I have the dog walker come let her out.