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, dumping a dog on someone for 3 months is a huge burden for them. I may have to do it for a couple of weeks sometimes if I'm involved in litigation, but if I do, I'd want to compensate them.
That, plus I can't really fathom not having my dog around for 3 months.
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.
Yeah... I need my own space. I rented out a room and bathroom last summer, and by August I pretty much decided I'd be looking for my own place Summer '09 if I landed biglaw.
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.
Ok, yeah. The difference between free housing and a mid-size DC apartment is hard to ignore. None of my friends in the DC area live close enough, or in nice enough areas, for me to want to bum housing, so I'm paying for housing with or without the dog. I figure whatever amount extra it costs will be worth it, and would naturally be worth it for a spouse.
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.
So you'd be willing to not see your husband for 10 weeks to save a bit of money from your biglaw paychecks? If I had a spouse, I think I'd have a lot of trouble doing this given what the firms are paying. I guess everyone's situation is different, though.
The bit of searching I've done so far has been on http://4wallsindc.com/
I don't know much about the site other than what it has listed. I haven't done much searching since then, as a number of places I found sounded good enough -- for example, "The Lansburgh" in downtown DC, which (according to the site) has short term leases, pets allowed, and furnished apartments. The prices may not be cheap ($1.5k-$2.5k per month), but for short term furnished housing in DC/NoVA, I wouldn't really expect them to be.
I'm taking my dog with me. I plan on finding a dog walking company that will only walk my dog on days I need them to (eg., days that there are events planned in the evening and I don't have time to stop home from work). At least in DC, $20 should get you a 30-minute dog walk.
I'm also looking for housing in DC, but for 1 person/1 dog. I've only searched briefly, but I've found a couple places that allow pets, short-term leases, and provide furnished apartments. I don't think it will be a big deal to find a good place.