Jan 11, 2011
So Baby G's first birthday is coming up and we've planned a party for him, inviting mostly family. We're planning a nice lunch at our home, the usual cake thing....just something comfortable with those that we're closest to.
We've included my dad's wife's parents on the guest list - they're awesome people, very kind and thoughtful. We usually see them when we're at my dad's, they come over for a little visit, often have something small for the boys and are just sweet people all around.
Anyway, so I hadn't heard anything back from them (or through my dad and stepmom) as to whether they were coming to the party or not....so in a thank you note I sent them for gifts they'd sent us and the boys for Christmas, I asked about it. My stepmom's mom (I guess that would make her my step grandma) emailed me today to tell me that they wouldn't be attending because they will be staying behind to look after their dog (a boxer) as well as my dad and stepmom's (a golden lab).
Now, I'm not a dog person - we have a cat instead - and so I don't know how, realistically, how long you can even leave a dog during any given day before he/she will need to use the facilities, etc.. I'm not upset at them for declining the invite - I'm just totally in the dark on this subject. so I thought I'd put it out there so that those who are more knowledgeable than me can enlighten me :)
A bit more info.....My dad lives 2.5 hours from where we do - so that's 5 hours of driving....and that's not factoring in any potential winter weather conditions or other delays, either. So....add lunch and a visit...some cake and a bit of present opening on top of that, and it could be a good 8 hour day away from a dog. Is that too long? I mean, can people leave their dogs all day while they work without needing to return home at some point to let them out? (See, I wasn't kidding: I'm totally clueless about what can and can't be done where dogs are concerned!!)
The thing is....two of my husband's sisters have dogs. They each live an hour away from us and they're coming to the party. Perhaps this can vary by dog or by the comfort level of the dog's owner?