I've been thinking about possibly adopting a dog for several years, and I'm finally ready-ish to get serious about possibly adopting one maybe. I need something to keep me grounded, to get me up in the morning, to lick my feet at night. I believe I'm ready to commit to a dog (an adult pupper, not a puppy pupper), but I still have some concerns. The main one being, time.

I'm graduating from university this spring and will probably be taking on a time-consuming endeavor in the fall that I will not name for doxxing reasons. The prospect of pursuing a time-consuming endeavor makes me want a pupper even more so— I would have to take time out of my day to do something that is not work related. One thing that I think has led to my recent emptiness is defining myself by my work and not developing interests beyond that. I was hoping that this pupper would help me through that and would eventually become an Air Bud type amigo.

Now, my schedule would be mostly free this summer to really get the dog comfortable, see if there are temperamental issues, and train him or her if necessary. But when fall comes, I won't be home for half the day, and I don't have friends/SO to take care of the pupper during that time. Of course, I would definitely spend time with pupper in the wee hours of the morning, as I am an avid morning runner anyways, but I wouldn't come home from aforementioned endeavor until around 3 or 4pm.

What does GT think? Is getting a pupper a good idea? Would I be doing it for the right reasons?

And no, I cannot get a cat. My face explodes with volcanic hives if I so much as watch cat videos on youtube.