Anonymous User wrote:Do any JAGS here know if it's feasible for a single guy or girl to have a dog and keep it on base during the first assignment? Is there usually time in the middle of the day to take a quick drive on base back home and give a 10 minute walk to your dog (medium sized, non aggressive)? Are there even doggy day cares on domestic bases?
-- just trying to gauge the feasibility of being a single guy, a JAG, and a dog owner. Any personal experience would be much appreciated!
I swore I posted on this exact question before but it must have been a PM as I cannot find it anywhere.
Short answer - it is going to be tough.
Longer - no way during your COT & JASOC time (assuming you are Air Force). Once you get to your duty station, you are almost certainly going to be living off base. Some days it may be workable for you to head home to let the dog out. Other situations, like during a base exercise or when you are in a multi-day court-martial, it won't be possible.
You better have a care plan with a friend or dog walker for when you cannot schedule around the dog.
Another issue is TDYs - again assuming Air Force, but you will likely go to AFJAGS or another base for a course at least once a year, if not more. Most are usually a week, some are two full weeks. There is also the chance you will deploy, which takes you out of pocket for the period of deployment plus a month and change of training before that.
Having been a single guy for all of my active duty time, I have no idea how I would have been able to care for my dog(s) in retrospect. I'm not saying it is impossible but a lot of attention (and money) will go into making it work.