I live in a tiny apartment in Brooklyn. I don’t know any specific measurements, but my bedroom just barely fits a full-size bed (and nothing else) in it, and my roommate’s room is only slightly larger. Our living room/kitchen area is big enough to fit a couch, a bookcase, a desk, and a few other items of furniture. It comfortably accommodates maybe 5-6 people at a time. I live here with my roommate and, recently, his boyfriend and have for two years.
So far so good. I like my apartment and its location, and I don’t need a lot of space.
Last weekend my roommate’s boyfriend brought home a dog that he apparently acquired from a relative who could no longer take care of it.
The dog is an adult chocolate lab. Frankly, I know nothing about dogs, so I can’t really say if it’s of typical size, but based on my limited knowledge I’d say that she is. When she jumps up on me her paws come up to my shoulders, if that gives you any indication. I can post pictures if I get a chance later.
Originally I thought the dog was going to live with the boyfriend, whose apartment I have never seen. Turns out I was wrong, the boyfriend now lives with us, and so does the dog.
Firstly, I’m not even sure if you’re allowed to have pets in this apartment. I’d guess “no” just based on its size, but I really have no idea.
My bigger issue at the moment is that I don’t think this apartment is anywhere near big enough for a dog this size. When she lays down in the living room, she takes up almost all of the available space in it. Again, though, I know nothing about dogs, so I might be wrong.
I just came home this evening for the first time to the dog sans either my roommate or his BF. They’re out for the night. This is where I solicit the advice of Dopers wiser than I.
Firstly, the dog won’t stop crying. I feel bad, because she really is a sweetheart and I can only imagine that it’s been traumatic having three homes in as many weeks. I also don’t want to have to be the one to talk to the neighbors when/if they complain.
Secondly, she keeps pacing back and forth in what limited space she has. Again, I feel bad, because there’s really not that much for her to do here. Occasionally she spends some time looking out the window, which calms her down, and she seems to like it when I pet her, but these are only brief breaks in the crying. She doesn’t really have any toys aside from a little bone.
So my questions are firstly, whether I’m right in thinking that keeping a dog that size in a small apartment is, at best, ill-advised, and secondly whether any Dopers have any advice re: living with dogs in small spaces or can think of anything I can do to make this transition easier for her.
Any advice would be appreciated. I feel really bad for the poor dog.