Since several people have asked: Mr. Stapler found a dog-sitter for the 2 1/2 months he will be in Chicago. He is coming home for some weekends, maybe a couple weeks during that time.
I did promise to go visit her, since the poor dog will be alone most of the time. I can drive over and have lunch there - it is close to my work.
His work even reimburses him for the sitter, because it is a travel-related expense.