Hello everyone, I found this forum through a lot of online research over the last few days with respect to raising and keeping dogs and cats, and the forum seems to be a great resource for several different types of information. So here is the situation. My wife and I are buying our first flat and fortunately it is a rooftop flat with a very large terrace area (it's about as large or slightly larger than the flat itself) that can fit numerous sheds, plants, fake grass, etc. which makes it feel like a real garden. The current owners that are selling this flat to us have a cat with a little doggie/cat door to let it go outside and roam around. In addition, the flat is a 3 minute walk to a park and a nearby doggie park so it is really easy to ensure a dog and/or cat can get the exercise they need in the mornings or evenings. We have always wanted a pet or pets but naturally given we have always been renting a flat until now it was not allowed, and the flat we are currently in doesn't have the outdoor space like the flat we are buying has so there would be limited room to roam around and it felt a bit wrong to confine a dog or a cat to a tiny two bedroom apartment. My wife personally wants a Ragdoll cat as her family had two growing up so she has a lot of experience with them and she enjoyed them as companions. I personally want a miniature or rabbit Dachshund as the latter half of my teens and college my parents had two miniature red short-haired Dachshunds and they were amazing dogs (I also grew up with a German Shepherd, Golden Retriever/Spaniel mix, and a few different American Shorthair house cats). However, we both recognise that there is one issue that we will have to face and work really hard on (potentially) in order to have even one pet, that isn't a fish, in our life. We both work full-time and we cannot come home at lunchtime (too far) or leave work at a consistent time due to the nature of our jobs. On a standard day we are out of the house from 8:30am - 7:00pm, but sometimes we can work later until as late as 2:00-3:00am when things get crazy. Fortunately, both of us haven't had to do that on the same days so one of us is usually home by 7:00pm (and in the summer sometimes earlier). We know that animals can have isolation or separation anxiety if you are gone for more than a few hours and know that this is something we would have to really work on early in their lives and possibly find funds for doggy/kitty daycare (a cat less so as they seem to be able to entertain themselves easier). The pets we grew up with were never more than a few hours without someone in the house as we were kids so weren't gone all the time. So, the reason we are thinking of it now is that the new flat has decent space inside and a large terrace/garden that the dog and cat can use to sunbathe, watch the birds, and go to the toilet (in the dog's case) to keep themselves occupied. In addition, we have my wife's brother-in-law coming to stay with us for 9-10 months as he goes back to school for a Master's Degree, so he will be hanging around the flat a lot and can train the puppy and kitten and work with them while we are at work. In addition, we can have our parent's come and stay for a few weeks and do the same to help train them when they are babies. Our hope is that with good training we can ensure the dog and cat (or just one if that's all that makes sense) will learn to be independent, etc. so it does not suffer from isolation or separation anxiety. What is the community's thoughts? Is our lifestyle too difficult to have a dog or a cat because of the 9-11 hours each day during the week that we would be at work? Or can we invest in good training when they are a puppy and kitten to make them independent? We recognise that a large part of it will also be our continued commitment to a good schedule in the mornings and evenings in terms of playtime, walking, etc. so they enjoy their time with us when we are home. Thank you and I look forward to the advice.