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.