Hi I'm trying to convince my parents to get a dog. I've done lots of research on breeds and i've got a sister who is allergic to dogs so it would have to be shorthaired. A couple of weeks ago we fostered a dog from the RSPCA called Rex who was a lurcher. I loved looking after him and was very sad to see him go to his new home but glad he's found one and that we'd helped him find it. Apart from that we haven't had much experience with dogs. 2 of my friends have Miniature Schnauzers and say they are very good pets. My mum and dad are keen on getting a dog but we all worry about when we are all out of the house. I would be out from 8.15 in the morning till 3.45 or 4.45/5.00 if i have a club on after school. My sister is off to Uni in september so she won't be around. My mum works 3 days a week and my dad is a lecturer so sometimes he works at home and sometimes in work. Neither of them work nearby so they wouldn't be able to take the dog out for a walk at lunch and my parents aren't so keen on a dog walker as they can cost quite a lot. We might be able to find a friend who would like to take him out at lunch but that wouldn't be definite. Would it be too cruel to leave a dog on it's own for up to 8 hours (sometimes less) for at least 1 or 2 days a week. Is there a small breed which would be better than a Schnauzer for being left alone? I'm desperate for a dog but need to show my parents that we would cope. I'd be happy to take him for at least an half hour walk in the morning, an hour when i got back from school and another after he'd had his tea. Please will someone give me some answers!