Why Not To Give A Dog As A Gift

Dear Kitty: 

I'm not sure what to do. My 10 year old son has been asking for a new dog for over a year now. Christmas is almost here. Should I give him a dog for Christmas? I would like to find him a dog from a breed rescue or shelter instead of a pet store. Do you think this is a good idea?

A mom in Chicago

My Pawspective: 

Dear Mom in Chicago,

Actually, there are many reasons why it isn't a good idea to give a dog as a Christmas gift. Another great alternative to giving a pet is wrapping up all of the dog items with an adoption certificate for a dog from a shelter or breed rescue. The family can also adopt a dog beforehand with special arrangements with the shelter or rescue to have the dog enter the home after Christmas when it is less stressful. This way you can include a picture of the dog in a frame along with some background information on where the dog came from and where he is now. You could also say how excited he is to meet his new best friend. 

See the link below for an article on the many reasons it isn't a good idea to give a pet as a gift by Dr. Mercola on this topic.

Happy Holidays!


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