Sunday, December 4, 2011

Why is a Christmas dog a mistake?

First, because no animal should be a surprise. The arrival of a dog changes a household considerably—for years. Someone has to take responsibility for their daily needs—feeding, exercise, health care, grooming. The decision should be thought about, talked about, negotiated. A new dog, not necessarily a puppy, either, should be the result of a process, not an impulse.

Children are getting bikes and toys galore, where does a new puppy fit into the mix? Do you want your new puppy to get a sound happy start in their new home. Im not sure what your home is like at Christmas but mine is busting at the seems with guests and dinner, gifts and children running and LOTS of excitement. This can all be very scary for a new puppy. Please, make the unselfish choice. Wait until all the hustle and bustle is over and as a family talk it over. Make your children understand what a very serious commitment buying or adopting a puppy is. Children learn by example. If we treat dogs with respect and loving care, our children will grow up to be caring adults who are responsible pet owners.

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