I am so excited that we have another Tampa Bayer and a possible rescuer, too!! My rescue, Maggie, who is now almost 12, has been at home by herself 9 1/2 - 10 hours a day while I am at work and she has had this routine since I adopted her at about 1 year of age. She has the run of the house. I leave pee pads out for her in the same spot and she does sometimes use them during the day but often not. As Nash Marbee said, I do have to come home from work every day and let her out first thing. Does having her cut into my social life? Sure. Is she worth it? ABSOLUTELY!! In hindsight, I do wish I had gotten two rescues at the same time -- I used to have two dogs who grew up together and they literally took care of each other when I was not at home. I can't wait to hear what you decide -- I say "go for it". Every time I go to the TBBR website, I want to take every single one of them home.