I have really been missing having a dog in my life. I'm 25 and growing up we always had 3-4 dogs in the family. I grew up showing obedience up to open with my lab. My lifestyle now is very different, and I'm not 100% sure I could make it work which is why I don't have a dog yet. I own a townhouse which is pretty large (1400sq ft) but it doesn't have much of a yard. A dog would need to go on leashed potty walks. I do live within walking distance to a 600 acre park. The park is awesome, but in the winter it's already dark when I get home from work. I have a long commute an am usually gone about 10hrs M-F. My boyfriend lives with me, and is supportive of the dog idea. He works about the same schedule as me. However, he has never had a dog before so I would need to have time to train the dog and the boyfriend! He is really in favor of getting a puppy. I would love an adorable little puppy but I have no idea how you would go about potty training and everything without being home. I already have a room in the house that would be dedicated puppy zone and I'm sure I would need to use wee-wee pads. Can you raise a well adjusted puppy if you're out of the house 10 hrs a day? I don't travel much or have any other obligations, so the majority of my free time would be spent with the pup.