Advice on getting a dog for single, working mom and only child
Hi there, my 10 year old son desperately wants a dog, and I do too, to expand the love and life in our household. The problem is that I'm single mom who works full time and have no experience with raising a dog. But my son has grown up with dogs in his life because his local grandparents and cousins all have them. We have a house with a secure yard, and while I work out of the home, my job is nearby. I could also take time off when we first get a dog to get it settled.
Looking for advice of all kinds on how this could work!
First, any recommendations on breeds and advice on how to even start finding a dog? It seems like a housebroken rescue dog might best (as opposed to getting a new puppy), and we'd like a mellow, sweet disposition. Thinking about an english golden retriever or yellow lab. Any specific places to work with to adopt or find a dog appreciated.
Second,how do you deal with the logistics of having a dog when you work full time? I am assuming we would get a dog walker, but is it okay for dogs to be alone 8 hours a day?? And what do you do on vacation?
Advice of any kind as we go down this road very welcome.