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The Christmas Puppy
In the movies, a new puppy arrives all wrapped
up in a colorful box with a bow and when the box is opened that pup
whines, licks the new owner's face and everyone lives happily ever
Reality is rarely this magical. The puppy you saw and thought was the
cutest thing to ever grace the Earth, may not be cute to the person
receiving it. You may like Great Danes and your spouse or friend may
prefer Chihuahuas. That new pup will need to be walked, fed and watched
every instant on Christmas
afternoon or there may be wet spots on the rug or new gifts are
shredded all over the dining room. This makes the
Christmas puppy an unappealing gift at best.
If you get an ugly outfit for Christmas and you hate it, you can always
return it or regift it and get something you really wanted. This often
happens with puppies
too, except they end up at the local humane shelter in January.
Clothing doesn't care, it can go back on the shelf and get sold again
later and it's no problem, unwanted pets probably won't be so
Children especially do not need a Christmas puppy. Even if your child
has been begging for a puppy, most young children have no idea of the
commitment required to care for a puppy. The child's eyes will light up
when they see the adorable puppy and there will be squeals of
happiness, then the next
gift will be opened. The puppy will need care and attention, but the
toys make noise and have lights that flicker. The puppy won't get the
attention it deserves until the thrill of the other toys has worn off.
most children are not able to handle the responsibility of a pet.
Let the person who is going to care for the new puppy or dog select the
one that they really want. Your new best friend may be at the local
shelter or in a breed rescue program. For this lifelong commitment to
work, there must be a connection between the person and the dog. It is
a personal thing. If you are set on a holiday puppy, wait until the
gift wrap is gone and the ribbons are put away, then go select your new
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