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    What an unfortunate thing to happen.

    Do you mind if I ask what sort of dog you chose?

    It may not be your fault the dog escaped. A lot of unwanted dogs are escape artists. I've had at least two rescues of my own who were confirmed escape artists. A Foxhound and a German Shorthaired Pointer. Nothing, not even a professionally built dog enclosure, could keep them in if they were left alone. Fortunately I worked with dogs and was able to take them to work with me or leave them in the house if I went somewhere dogs were not welcome.

    If your fences are secure and standard height (2 metres) they should keep the average dog safely contained.

    The best time to bring home a new dog is when you are on holiday so you can spend time with the dog before going back to work.

    Lots of people who work keep pet dogs. It's just a matter of finding the right dog/s for your situation. In your situation it might be an idea to look at adopting two slightly older dogs, around age 5. Still young enough to enjoy a game and exercise but old enough to be more settled when left alone.

    Hope this helps a bit.

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    What about a Staffy? Hardy, sweet and many are fine with cats. A staffy would be ok in the yard all day too and will just as comfortably cuddle up with you while you watch TV.
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    Pugs can actually be left alone. They are not good at being left outside though, particularly for long periods of time each day. Also, the OP said they didn't want a Toy breed and the Pug is a Toy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by krooza View Post
    Well thank you all for your replies. We have now been looking at rescued dogs and there seems to be an abundance of good dogs out there.

    We actually chose one last weekend and picked her up on Tuesday. Unforntuately she escaped on Thursday and we spent 5 hours looking for her with a rather pissed off lady who resuced her. Subsequently she was found but was not returned to us but instead taken back to be homed with someone else more suitable.

    I have rung up about a few other rescue dogs that have looked appropiate but have been told each time that someone must be home most of the day and we must have a second dog already. Sometimes this was expressed quite rudely.

    I am a bit worried now that most rescued dogs will need the attention of somebody most of the time so because me and my partner work full time we wont be suitable to take in the majority of rescue dogs.

    How did the dog escape? Was it through negligence (leaving a gate open or whatever) or just that she was a bit of an escape artist?

    If it was that she was an escape artist then the Rescue should have known this and done the appropriate check on your yard to ensure it was suitable and they had no right to be angry that the dog had escaped. If it was your negligence, then accidents happen but I must admit I would be a little concerned as a rescuer.

    I understand how upsetting it can be when you are refused and when there are so many restrictions placed on new homes. Sometimes I think many rescuers go overboard but then, they just want the best home they can find for the dog.

    What state are you in?
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