My next door neighbors moved into their home two months ago. They aren't very social. They have a dog, and this dog has never been allowed inside their house. He paces the 60x25 backyard day and night. i've seen his owners outside with him twice, and both those times were during cookouts. He doesn't get petted or played with. When my dogs go out their dog door, he whines and cries on the other side of the fence. We stick our fingers through the fence to tickle his nose. He's got a start on a ginourmous hole from his yard to ours, and any day now we're expecting to wake up in the morning and find him curled up on our couch.
Some dogs are made to be outdoor dogs. If you have space enough for them to roam, company for them to keep, I have no problem with it. But if a dog can't even hit a run before hitting the fence, I'm not so supportive. Also, if the dog is ignored by his family, I get cranky after a while.
So, internets, I want to talk to my neighbors and ask if they'd like a daytime doggiesitter. I don't want to own their dog, but ffs, he seems miserable, makes my dogs frantic with the whining, and wants over to our house, I work from home during the day, and he gets along just fine with my pups. How do I go about this? Forget it? Move? Fill the hole with cement?
(Yes, I am a big softie. We've established that.)