Why you might want to re-think the Christmas puppy
As you may or may not know, I worked in animal rescue for many years and it is a cause that it close to my heart. This is why I am taking a short break on the SCOOP series to post about Pets as Presents for the holiday season.
Many people get caught up in wanting a puppy with a big red bow running around their house on Christmas eve, and don’t think about the fact that their new present is a living, breathing pet that is an emotional and financial commitment for the next 10 to 20 years.
By giving someone an animal as a gift, you are signing them up for pet parenthood possibly before they’ve considered the things they should before becoming a pet parent. They will have to spend money on food, bedding, veterinary care, toys… etc. Also, if it is a puppy there will be potty training issues that could result in them having to replace carpeting or furniture. Another thing to consider with giving puppies as gifts is that adorable puppy rolling around under the tree could be summer’s chained up dog in the back yard or surrendered at the animal shelter by February.
If however, you and your family have been considering a dog or puppy for a while, and are prepared for Pet Parenthood, the holidays can be a good time to bring in the newest addition to your family home (a great online resource is PetFinder.)
Photo courtesy: Cindyfunk
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