Posts made in December, 2013

Pets as Presents – Is it a Good Idea?

Pets as Presents – Is it a Good Idea?

The holidays are here and you’re out shopping for the kids at the local mall.  As you frantically wander by the pet shop window, consumed with holiday shopping madness you see these cute little fur balls sleeping, playing, looking cuter than a puppy should and you get this image in your head.  You imagine little Johnny and Sally on Christmas morning overcome with happiness and childlike enthusiasm as they discover you’ve given them a puppy for Christmas.  STOP-RIGHT-THERE… First off, it is 90% likely that these pet shop puppies have been shipped in from some mass-production puppy mill and buying that puppy will surely not save it.  It will instead open a new spot for another puppy mill produced litter mate to come in and take its place.  All the while, the mom of these puppies is back at the puppy mill, in a cramped and appalling cage, rotting away as she reproduces more puppies at a heinous speed. ‘So what if we adopt’ you tell me?  This is definitely the only route to go when you are ready to bring in a new pet to your home; key words here are, when you are ready.  Don’t get me wrong, rescuing an animal can be an awesome gift and very rewarding, IF you’ve put the appropriate amount of thought and research into it.  Too often puppies and other pets are bought in haste because you want it or the kids want it and no one thought about the lifetime commitment that it takes to properly give this new pet a FOREVER home.  As a result these pets are taken to the local shelter at the first sign of a behavioral issue, because the kids lost interest or because you moved into a new home. If you are thinking about adopting a pet for yourself, the kids, a friend or family member, please review the following questions before taking on this responsibility.  Sure, a pet is fun and exciting, but when you come down to it, it is a responsibility not only financially but morally and personally as well.  Do you, the kids, your friend, whomever, really and truly want a dog and everything that comes with it?  Have you really thought about it over the course of several days? If you have kids or if it is for the kids, how old are they?  Small children are not capable...

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