I had my 19 yr. old Chow/Lab put to sleep recently and I miss the old guy sooo much. I'm not quite ready to get another one yet. then I ran across an ad on Craigslist and thought "why not"? I have my own home with a back yard. It is escape proof too. The backyard does have a pool, so if it likes to swim, it can swim with me in the summer. Your dog would spend it's days and nights, most likely by my side (in the house), unless it wanted to go hang out in the backyard. I would take it for a walk in the evenings, and I carry a 500,000 volt shocker, just in case I run into any stray dogs. (My dog and I got attacked one time by a pitbull. But they have moved since then, so no worries). You supply the food that it likes, and if has a blanket or bed that you would like it to have, bring it. It's all about the dog here. Your dog has to be people friendly too. I don't like being bit.