GIVING A PUPPY AS A GIFT
PLEASE READ THIS IF YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT GIVING A PUPPY AS A GIFT.
" MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS!!!
1: A puppy sounds like a fun gift for the kids until it piddles on the floor. The newness wears off when that happens;
2: Puppies need training, exercise and socialization. If you can't put in the time to properly prepare your puppy to become an adult dog, don't get one;
3: Puppies are expensive and can stretch a budget that may already be stretched after the holidays. There's shots, worming, spaying/neutering, heartworm prevention etc...;
4: Puppies need to adjust to their new environment. The hustle and bustle of the holidays likely will stress the new puppy;
5: Puppies can't be left alone all day if you have to work any more than a child can be left alone;
6: Humane societies and rescues are loaded with unwanted "Christmas gifts" within weeks after the holidays. If people are not willing to dedicate their love, patience and time for 10 to 15 YEARS, don't buy a puppy.
PLEASE NEVER EVER BUY FROM A PET STORE. Carefully choose a rescue organization (research them first) and do the same if buying from a breeder. AKC DOES NOT mean the breeder is a good one.
Some canine registries are nothing but an avenue for puppy mills to "paper" their puppies.