Whilst it seems such a great image in your mind and on those Christmas movie posters, it is in fact NOT such a good idea at all. Gifting a puppy on Christmas is definitely going to be a hit, and you’ll be guaranteed to be the most favourite mom/dad/aunt/uncle/boyfriend/girlfriend etc, but when Christmas is over – all food is eaten, all presents are opened, all politics are discussed and all world’s problems are solved – the puppy is still there, wanting your full attention, care and commitment.
They are NOT just Christmas presents which the kids would be happy to play with, but not to clean up after, or a decoration where they can just sit nicely and prettily at the corner of the house. They need to be walked, exercised, trained, stimulated, and most importantly loved.
I’ve heard and seen so many instances where all those puppies ended up neglected and/or in shelters. I think it’s something that can be avoided easily. It’s very important to educate and prepare yourself (including your family and others) before deciding to own a puppy or a dog. Because no animal should be a surprise or an impulse. The decision to own one should be thought about, talked about and negotiated.
But hey, it’s not all doom and gloom and I can tell you having a dog myself (Bowie) is the greatest gift of all. It’s not easy, and I believe it takes a village to raise a puppy or own a dog, but it’s so worth it and rewarding.
Here are some points to consider before rushing to get a puppy for Christmas:
- See passed the ‘fairy tale’ ad campaigns and DO NOT succumb to the begging. Instead of an actual puppy, perhaps give a photo of one. When they’re ready to own one then you can get the real puppy. Don’t worry if the pup comes to you in June instead of on Christmas morning. It will be just as adorable without the tree and the bow.
- Research what breed suits you and your household – this includes time and monies you’re willing to spend for the rest of the dog’s life. Read my post about ‘How much owning a pet costs’.
- Please (I can’t stress this enough), please source your dog from ethical, responsible breeders, NOT from puppy farms or backyard breeders.
- Consider foster care and adoption. Imagine how rewarding it is to give those unfortunate animals a second chance in life.
- A dog is a gift that keeps on giving. The more you invest on your dog, the more he/she is going to give you back – tenfold!