I have had several young adult children while they unsigned up their schooling and saved some money. One child two years ago bought a puppy. This child loved this dog but typical to this age was not really ready for this responsibility. Not only were there several jobs there were serious relationships. Also this child after working two jobs came home took a shower and went out with friends. Dh and I were always caring for this dog. We walked him took him to the park took him to vets offices made sure he had food... The dog follows us around and sleeps in our room. Dh always plays with him for at least an hour a night. You can see where this is going. Child is ready to move out soon and definitely plans on taking dog. I have been avoiding this conversation. I don't want to estrange a child. It's not just that the dog loves us. He's be happy with my child too if there would be any Te for the dog. But child is beginning the first real job will be taking classes and in the smer will still work two jobs bthere will be parties to go to. That dog will be neglected and left home at least ten hours a day. Dh an I both work but I have frequent time off. I can also afford a dog walker. I am off all summer too. Has anybody dealt with this? How did you handle it? Child thinks we spoil the dog and he doesn't need nearly all of the attention we give him. We do spoil him a bit.