Any thoughts on not attending when the firm is ~1000 miles away and the party is on a weekend in between finals? I would think this is about as strong a reason as any for not going.
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I have to agree with much of what has been said here. I have a large dog, and I feel okay leaving her with my family for maybe a day or two but that is a huge burden on your friends/relatives for an entire summer because, lets face it, if you don't have a dog its either because you dont like them, can't afford them, or can't spend the time on them. My family doesnt mind watching the dog for short periods of time, but after a few days it becomes a real hassle and people have to shape their lives around the animals thus, I would recommend a dog-walker - its cheaper than daycare and you can rest assured your dog will get the exercise they need daily. That way when you have to stay that extra hour at the office you won't be silently freaking out thinking about how much misery your dog is in not having been walked for 12 hours.
yeah, the pets'll be the issue... otherwise, you can find a decent/good place for about $1000-1500 per month off craigslist. fwiw, i paid $700 per month last summer for a sweet place in a group house in the district.
No, we'd see each other hopefully pretty frequently on weekends. Plane tickets are pretty cheap. I just meant that after last summer, we wanted to be together as much as possible this summer, not that we would go through something as dramatic as that again.
But the difference between being possibly being able to stay with friends for free versus getting an apartment adequate for two people and two dogs could be a big deal in terms of saving up for a house down payment, since we'd like to get one immediately upon my graduation.
Cool, thanks a bunch guys. Yeah, if the pet friendly thing doesn't work out at a price I want to pay, my husband will stay behind with the dogs... but we'd love to be together, obviously. Not seeing him for 10 weeks last summer (bc airfare to/from Germany was super expensive) sucked.