Why you might want to re-think the Christmas puppy

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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  • Renee Gautier

    March was always a busy month at our shelter as all the Christmas puppies came rolling in. Half the people wouldn’t admit it….those were the ones who gave the classic “we’re moving” excuse.

  • Aud Egan

    The year 101 Dalmations came out, breeders literally ran out of dalmations at Christmastime, I remember reading about it.  A year later, I ended up at an animal rescue league and was delighted to adopt a 1.5 year old chocolate lab female (my kids were young and my vet recommended adopting a female to minimize any aggression issues with an adoptee).  Belle was a wonderful dog but she was a handful – she’d never been trained in any way and was so very needy for affection.  We had her for 12 years and I don’t regret a single second of it, just wish her first year was in a more positive environment.  I always wondered if she was a Christmas present that didn’t work out.  People need to understand the commitment they are making to a puppy and the excitement of the holidays probably isn’t the best time for that. . .

  • http://twitter.com/BlogFourPaws Lauren McGregor

    @bc3ac77660eb841053ce724d92d30f96:disqus , I often wonder that about my Padfoot. He is such a great dog, and we have had no issues with him since day one. The rescue we got him from told us they pulled him from an animal shelter that had him on the list to be euthanized due to overcrowding, and they had only had him a few weeks at the rescue when we adopted him. I have no idea about his past, but I do know he is a great dog :)  

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