A Dog for Christmas?

I have decided to reblog this having overheard a conversation yesterday by two sets of adults thinking about getting a puppy. There is a lot ot think about, and the New Year always seems to be full of abandoned animals as the novelty (and/or patience) has worn off.


The ‘C’ time is almost upon us, the time of year when some people will think about getting a puppy. Most breeders will let pups leave their mothers at about 7 or 8 weeks, so bitches will be having their ‘festive litters’ about now.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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13 Responses to A Dog for Christmas?

  1. This is true of the neighbors behind us – springer spaniels. Show dogs (but no brains). So many animals in shelters – even pure breeds – and weather turning so inhospitable now.
    Just sad. You hope the “new” and “cute” doesn’t wear off quickly when the kids go back to school and the poor little creatures are left alone or discarded as too much trouble.
    Excellent time for revisiting this post.

  2. We have two rescues. One is a senior at 11, and the other is 7. They are the sweetest creatures imaginable. We had a purebred collie who was a great family pet, but our rescues are just pure love.

  3. I can’t imagine getting a puppy this time of year around here – the idea of having to potty train it when the temperatures are so awful is not pleasant!

    • We were so lucky with Maggie. I took her outside every 20-30 minutes whether she wanted to go or not, and she soon got the idea. Only once did she not perform outside but come in, look Hubby straight in the eye and squatted her bot in front of the radiator. A tap on the rump from me, a squeak of surprise from her stooping her in mid flow, and out she went to finish. Nothing indoors since she was about 5 months.

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