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A Christmas puppy?

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when you start hearing all of the cautions about not getting a puppy for Christmas. And that’s good advice. It’s hard to introduce a new pet into the household during the holidays. If you think this time of year is stressful for humans, just think how you would feel as a puppy coming into a new household.

Yet, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, 53 percent of American pets are acquired during the holidays. So, obviously, someone is ignoring the advice.

Before you bring that puppy home consider carefully:

Christmas Puppy * Puppies cost more than the purchase price. Even if you are getting a “free” puppy, your new pet will cost you in vet care, license fees, dog food, toys, and so many other ways. It is not cheap to keep a pet. Many pets are being surrendered to animal shelters right now because people can’t afford to keep them in this economy. Can you really afford to get a puppy right now?

* How about the rest of the family? Are they all on board with the idea of a new puppy? A puppy affects every single person in the family. When he eats your husband’s shoe, you will hear about it. Is everyone in favor of getting a puppy?

* Do you have the time to commit to a new puppy? Not only will your puppy live for the next 10, 12, maybe even 15 years, but for the first few months he will need an intense time commitment from you to learn housetraining and good manners. Otherwise he may develop behavioral problems. Do you have the time it takes to train a puppy?

While some shelters and organizations have said they will not adopt any pets during the holidays (which puts these animals at risk of being euthanized), Iams pet food has taken a more proactive approach. I suppose they figure that if people are going to get a pet during the holidays anyway, they should encourage them to adopt. Iams is sponsoring the Home 4 The Holidays http://www.iams.com/iams/en_US/data_root/html/Angel/home4theHolidaysLanding.html adoption event. They are hoping to help get one million pets adopted this holiday season.

Last year they helped get 491,612 animals adopted during this time, so they have raised their goal considerably, but it seems like a worthy project. There is information on their Web site about adopting a pet, donating to the program, volunteering, and for shelters.

So, if you still want that puppy for Christmas, and you are in a position to get one, financially, with your family, and time-wise, perhaps you should check out Home 4 The Holidays. Or, go down to your local shelter and see if they have a nice dog available that might suit you.

The most important thing is that you have thought through getting a puppy. No impulse decisions. You don’t want to get a sweet (or wild) puppy and have to take him back to the shelter in a few days or weeks. That’s not fair to the puppy. Consider carefully before you get that puppy for Christmas.

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December 24, 2008 - Posted by | General | , , ,

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