Monday, December 26, 2011

A Doxie With Moxie Muses: Getting A Puppy For Christmas

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,
Dachshund Nola

15 comments:

  1. We agree with you!! Ellie's gotcha day is December 9th too!!

    Pugs & Kisses,

    Yoda, Brutus & Ellie

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  2. As you know... I have my very much Own.. PUPPY and speaking as a Puppy owner...
    I am very much glad that Ernie was old enough to be able to actually ENJOY the excitement of Yesterday morning. And that he is old enough to know where to pee and poop. It would have been very much stressful fur HIM to have an accident on such a special day.
    YES... either BEFORE or After Christmas would be the bestest thingys.

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  3. I have never thought of it before, but it makes so much sense!

    ~Higgins

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  4. That makes perfect sense. We wish more people would put more thought into getting a pet as it comes with a long term commitment and responsibilities.

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  5. Hi
    Thank you for visiting our blog. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas too.
    We agree with you, getting a puppy for Christmas is not a good idea, although actually Madam Bridget did arrive 3 days before Christmas 8 years ago but that was just coincidence.
    Wags, Dip Bridge and Elliot x

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  6. Hey Nola, I completely agree with you. A puppy is not a great present for Christmas because it's one of the busiest home activity of the year.

    The puppy will need potty training and crating attention. Unless you have such time free during the holidays, it's better to postpone getting a puppy or a dog for that matter.

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  7. Beautifully written Nola! I agree, even tho you see that cutie pie and want to take them home right away, it is best to wait until after all the excitment has died down. Just think, all of these "puppyless" people who read your blog can get out there in a few more weeks and adopt! We say NO to puppy mills ~ yuck! We get happy when another one is closed down. And remember also, senior d-o-g-g-i-e-s need loving homes too!

    You are very wise grasshopper!

    Hugs, Lily Belle

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  8. Hi Nola,
    Thanks for visiting our blog! We agree with your post!

    How did you get your name? Just curious....

    Drools and licks,
    Minnie and Mack

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  9. We, the Dachsies With Moxie, LOVE what you are doing and agree with your puppy at Christmas assessment!

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  10. We aregree totally with you!! I think this was wonderful for you to share this.

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  11. I agree with you Nola. Dogs as a Christmas present is never a good idea.

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  12. We agree Nola! I've never heard the term "Gotcha Day" before! I like it!

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  13. We agree not to get a puppy for Christmas especially if the puppy isn't even for you. We heard a great way to do that is just to go buy a collar and leash set and let the person go out with you later to pick a dog that matches with them instead of someone picking one for them.

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