Windmill, loved your post. When I first started to ride in March 2008, I had double dilemma. Jake, my older lab, was a veteran from my soft top Jeep days. Hannah, his adopted sister, not so much - she had originally been a handful. Today I live with the belly ache memory of losing Jake in Sept 08 (just four month's shy of his 11th bday) and enjoying the amazing growth of Hannah into the "big" dog role. Regardless, it has always been hard to leave my four-legged buddies behind. But wih bigger dogs in my family, bringing them along short of a hack set up had been impossible. OP, hope that you find a workable and safe solution. Once I am healed enough to ride again, I will continue t o work to devote enough time to Hannnah to make up for the time I spend without her. After months of being sidelined, though, it will be a helluva debt to pay.
2007 KLX 250s
2008 Ulysses XB12X (the faster black one) - SOLD
2013 F800 GS