Get a dog for Christmas, but be prepared to keep it for life

I’m sure you’ve heard that famous saying… “A dog is for life, not just for Christmas.” I’ve seen a few blog posts popping up about this now and I know that some rescue centres won’t rehome dogs in the week or two up to Christmas.

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Personally I think it’s a shame, as they’re potentially stopping dogs going into new homes. The key in the message shouldn’t just be about getting a dog for Christmas, it should be about not making a spontaneous decision and not gifting a dog to someone else for Christmas.

It’s true that there is an increase of unwanted dogs and puppies after Christmas and this is often due to people buying a dog without thinking it through. I was surprised when recently talking to someone about why they got their dog that their answer was “Because I saw an advert online of this really cute puppy”. It shocks me that people are still so naive about getting a new dog, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised considering the amount of homeless dogs I see everyday.

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A dog is a commitment, a commitment that could last for over 12 years, and it’s not a decision that should be taken lightly. The whole family should be involved, even consult the cat and the hamster because it’s going to affect them too.  You should research your breed, take time to source the correct breeder or wait for the right dog to come into a rehoming spot, and be absolutely certain that it’s the right decision.

Toy Story lovers will know that Andy was given a puppy for Christmas and years later that dog is still living with them even when it’s old and grey. I know it’s a fictional story but, just because a dog was bought for Christmas doesn’t mean that it won’t be kept for life.

Image Source: http://loyalkng.com/2010/06/07/toy-storys-buster-andys-pet-dog-1999-vs-2010-now-i-feel-old/

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So my big plea to you is do not buy someone else a dog for Christmas. Do not gift a dog… because then it is not fully their decision. Get a dog for yourself for Christmas by all means, after all… we all know when Christmas is so there’s plenty of time to plan for it, but make sure it’s a well thought out decision and all things have been considered.

Plus, to be frank, having a dog around you at Christmas can be a bit of a nuisance as it’s a busy time and often involves lots of travelling, so maybe just wait until the new year to go and pick up your new dog anyway!

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