Hi everyone! I'm introducing a new weekly segment to talk about issues in the pet world. From my personal pet peeves to enormous issues like dog fighting and puppy mills, I'll give you the facts then my own opinion. So tell me where you stand on the these problems, or suggest what you'd like to see talked about next.
So without further ado, here's my very first A Doxie With Moxie Muses: Getting a puppy for Christmas.
Who wouldn't love to wake up to a puppy under the tree? Answer: the puppy.
A puppy needs your full focus, as well as a safe and calm environment. If you're busy with presents, family, friends, food, decoration, money and travel, you simply cannot give your puppy the attention and watchfulness it needs.
Having a puppy come into your life during such a chaotic time isn't fair to you or the puppy. You won't be able to bond as well, the puppy will be scared with such strange sights, sounds and smells on top of new people and having just left the only family it's ever known.
Puppies explore with their mouths. Think about what we have out at Christmas: lights, food, presents and plants that we usually don't have around. Many of the holiday food and plants are poisonous, and don't forget the beautiful Christmas lights and their cords just waiting for your puppy the chew on them and get shocked.
Reputable breeders won't sell you a puppy for Christmas, out of fairness and concern for the puppy.
Now, if you're single or a couple with no kids, and don't have plans for the holidays, Christmas would be a good time to get a shelter dog (as said above, most breeders won't sell a puppy around Christmas) and have you and your partner if you have one give it the attention it deserves. This is only a good idea if you don't have company over or a bunch of unsafe decor.
Once everything calms down, a puppy would be a great way to start the new year if you are ready for 10-15+ commitment. Or go to a shelter and find your new best friend. Either way, please wait for the right time to bring your puppy or dog home.
As you all know, my Gotcha Day is Dec. 9th. This was a perfect time because I was with my family long enough to be bonded and adjusted and could enjoy the Christmas fun. We also didn't have big plans.
So there we go! What did you think? Where do you stand? I mean no offense at all to any dogs that came home on Christmas.
Kisses and Tail Wags,