Is that puppy the right gift for my children this Christmas? Happy moments of puppies jumping out of boxes on Christmas morning are not unusual on TV and movies. In the real world, these happy moments may last no longer than the week after. Giving a dog to a young child as a Christmas gift can be a potential disaster. Live animals are not toys.
While the delight of a young child seeing the puppy with a big green bow makes a great Kodak moment, responsible pet ownership extends beyond. It is about understanding that life is delicate and all forms of it must be respected.
Too often, a child who gets a puppy for Christmas shifts his focus when he gets back to school the following week, and his interest in the puppy wanes as it grows into a dog. It is also during this period that the juvenile canine requires the most attention and guidance. Then parents who do not want to raise the animal or incur the expenses, discard the animal like a used toy. Too many animals given as Christmas presents end up being neglected, abused, abandoned, hit by cars or euthanised by shelters. Some are lucky enough to be re-homed, but not without psychological damages. That is why some shelters ban pet adoptions during the holiday season.
Dog ownership is a 10 to 15 year commitment that involves time, money and the desire to provide a loving, safe environment for the new family member. These, are not included in the box the puppy is going to pop out from. If you had been thinking about getting a puppy for young children this Christmas, please consider the commitment before doing so. Or if you know someone that has the intention to get a small animal for young children this Christmas, share this message with him or her.
Every dog deserves more than one Christmas.
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