I work 9 hours a day plus about an hour commute each way (but do have the option to work from home 1-2 days a week). My husband works a swing shift (either afternoon or midnight) where he does 10-12 hour days for 7 straight then has 7 days off. I end up not seeing my hubby on the days he works, but this shift does allow us to only leave the 'kids' home alone during the day a max of 4.5-5 hours most of the time. There are the occasional times when it would be longer and I always try to schedule a work at home day if I know ahead of time (and have been know to take leave in the afternoon if I feel like its been too long for them). They have an expen set up with their crate, food, water, toys and some special treat when we leave them.
There have been the occasional longer days, but I think the maximum we have left them is 7 hours. And wether its been 7 hours or 10 minutes they are both soo excited when we come in the door.
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