Dogs As Christmas Gifts

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On Christmas morning 1909, Jim Dear gives his wife Darling a cocker spaniel puppy that they name Lady.  Lady enjoys a happy life in this family, but not all dogs that have been given as Christmas gifts can say the same. 

Do pets make good Christmas gifts?  We would say no.  While there are few things more adorable than the image of a pup under the tree, they are not stuffed animals.  A puppy or a dog should not be introduced to a family on a whim.  These are living creatures that require a great deal of commitment.  Once the excitement of Christmas is over, the wrapping paper put away, the tree undecorated and the new toys on the shelf, we don't want the Christmas dog treated the same way.

If you have reviewed our Adoption Process you will see that everyone in the family must be in attendance during the home visit.  The reason is that selecting a dog for a family requires everyone in the family to be on the same page and for there to be a fit between the requirements of the dog and the lifestyle of the potential adopters.  You are not able to assess this overall fit if a dog just appears under the Christmas tree. 

Your commitment to your new canine companion needs to be furever, not just over the Christmas season.  If you are thinking about giving a puppy or a dog as a Christmas gift, please remember that a pet is furever and let that help you decide how to proceed.  

 

Written by hart at 00:00
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