Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Dog is for Life Not Just for Christmas

JUST like a new baby, bringing a new puppy into your home is very demanding and requires alot of hard work. New pets must become part of the family because they are not disposable. Every year thousand of puppies are thrown out on the streets because people have bought them as gifts on an act of impulse in the cheery festive season. Then sadly the novelty wears away and the reality dawns upon them, that poor innocent little puppy is now unwanted, it wasn't his fault, now he must brave the streets and try to survive alone. Please stop and think long and hard about buying a puppy at christmas.

Christmas can be a very hectic time of year, this isn’t the best time to introduce your new dog to the house. Dogs will rely on you for walks, feeds, baths, training and healthcare. Everyone in the family must want the pet. It's no use if dad wants a dog and mum doesn't. That won't work. Before bringing a pet into your home, you need a heart but you also need your head.

Please Remember:
Dogs don’t come fully trained. They can cause a lot of damage to your possessions through chewing and accidents. How committed are you to training your dog?
Puppies can be extremely hard work for an owner, particularly if there are young children in the house – do you have enough time to spend with your pup?
INSTEAD of giving a pet as a gift this Christmas, why not donate to a national or a local dog rescue charity.

If you really think a puppy is right for you why not wait until the new year. The new year is the busiest times for dog rescue centers as they become overwhelmed with both new puppies and also older dogs who have now been replaced by irresponsible owners and are now unwanted. If you are a true dog lover you will understand that waiting a few more weeks past christmas would truly be the right decision, especially seen as though you will be given an unwanted dog a new loving home

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