A Dog for Christmas revisited

One of the headlines in the newspages today is about illegal Puppy Farms getting their stock in for Christmas. In my opinion, they should all be shut down and anyone remotely suspicious this is going on should report it. The animals can’t do it themselves and live in appalling conditions, the bitches overbred and puppies not in the best of health, some being separated from their mother way too early for the sake of a quick profit.

I love dogs. Anyone reading my posts can see that, but I implore anyone thinking of getting a puppy, for Christmas or otherwise, to REALLY think about the responsibility of a cute little bundle of fur that will pee and worse all over the house, wreck your furniture, chew your favourite shoes and grow up into a larger animal.
If you have kids, NEVER leave them alone with your dog or vice versa.

They’re not all like that of course, especially if you’re home all day to train them, but puppies don’t come house trained with obedience as standard.
If you are out at work, you need to take that into account as dogs are pack animals and can have separation issues.
You don’t get anything out if you don’t put something in, and owning a dog takes a lot of time, patience and love, but the rewards! Oh the rewards.
I’ve written several posts about it, these probably my most ‘in depth’ opinions.
A Dog for Christmas
Part of the Family

There are hundreds of dogs in shelters looking for good homes, all year.
They were puppies once, cute bundles of fur, that through no fault of their own were no longer wanted and discarded.
Give them a chance.

Thank you.


About pensitivity101

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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12 Responses to A Dog for Christmas revisited

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    Totally agree. Thanks for writing this.

  2. colinandray says:

    Hi Di – Do you mind if I link to “Who Said I was up for Adoption?”, as that book covers the trials and tribulations (and ultimately the rewards) of adopting/buying a dog. Our Ray has taken a few years to get to the big cuddle that he is today and, as you well know, it took a lot of money, patience and unlimited TLC! It would be a good book for anybody contemplating inviting a dog into their home.

    Many thanks. Colin.

  3. You know I am going to agree with this!

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  5. Reblogged this on pensitivity101 and commented:

    I’m reblogging this as there is a link to A Dog for Christmas which I have reblogged previously.
    Dogs are great companions but IMO you don’t get anything out without putting something in.

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