Are You Really Ready for That New Puppy?
At holiday time, it’s not unusual for parents to buy a new pet for their children, but before you do, there are a few things you need to consider.
Over the last year, our family had been thinking about adding a new pet to the family. We already have little Truman, who is a long-haired spotted piebald dachshund. (By the way, he makes an appearance as “Teacup” in Love Is.) But we were still talking about the breed and the size of the dog we wanted to get. Then during the early summer, my husband sent an email to his cousin, who is a breeder of Portugese Water Dogs, and in a flurry of emails and phone consultations to another wonderful breeder in Florida, we suddenly had a puppy TWO days later!
Oh my! And no, we weren’t really prepared, but we do love our little forty-pound Lily. Lily is very sweet, loyal, and playful, but she is a puppy. And by the way, puppy or kitten is just another word for BABY.
So, before you invest in that little puppy or kitten this holiday season, there are a few things you need to take into account, first, so you don’t really disappoint your children and give the pet back after a few weeks. This is pretty common for first-time pet owners, so you need to understand the time and financial implications involved.
Questions to Think About When Considering a New Pet
- Where is this pet going to sleep? (If you want them contained in the house while house breaking, then they need a crate.)
- Are you willing to be sleep-deprived for awhile? (Puppies and kittens are just like babies, they have their own sleep and potty schedule. Yes, I just used the word “potty.” 🙂 Get used to using baby words.)
- After the initial investment, the costs don’t end. Do you have the money for vet bills, shots, and special food if they need it?
- Are you willing to invest the time into house-breaking your new dog or cat? Are you willing to buy a gallon of Nature’s Miracle or some other enzyme-cleaner brand to clean up pee and poop, when they have accidents in the house. (Which they will!) Are you willing to clean it up and have some things messed up? (If not, then you should probably get a fish.)
- And lastly, are you willing to invest the time into training your new puppy or kitten? This may involve time and money. You can train your pet at home, but if you have a dog, then you will probably want to take them to a Puppy Kindergarten class or something similar, so they learn to have some manners. Trust me–you want them to have manners.
Well, that’s it for now folks. It’s time to get Truman and Lily ready, so I can take them to the pet Groomer.(Looks like I forgot to add that one to the list!) It’s rainy today, so they are wearing their raincoats.
Bye for now.
Love Shari, Truman, and Lily