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"A Dog Is for life.."

Ho ho ho - Have you heard this phrase?

“A dog is for life not just for Christmas..”

When I was little, my letter to Santa was always the same:

· A lead

· Collar

· Four legs

· A waggy tail

Each year I would ask my parents for a puppy in the hope that one year that we would get one! However, we never did and was told that I had to show my parents that I could be responsible enough to look after a dog as they are such a huge responsibility!

So, after that it was my mission to prove that I was able to look after a dog and eventually got a weekend role at a kennels (the rest is history!). It still took some convincing before we finally heard the pitter patter of tiny paws!

Introducing a puppy into any family is a huge decision:

· What breed would suit your family best?

· Where should you get your puppy from?

· Are the parents healthy?

· How do you introduce the puppy to all your members of the family?

· Where will it sleep?

· What will it eat?

· Do you need insurance?

· Can you afford training?

· What equipment do you need?

The list is endless…

Buying a puppy for children is a lovely thought but often, the novelty soon wears off and it’s then the responsibility of the parents to look after the puppy. Did you think about this?!

Is Christmas really the best time to buy a puppy? It’s dark and wet, there is lots of tasty food around, lots of tempting presents, plus they do need A LOT of help and guidance to learn how you would like them to behave.

This shocked me but - did you know that over 150 brand new puppies were taken into the Dogs trust at Christmas time last year? That makes me so sad ☹

“A dog is for life, not just for Christmas”

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