So Christmas is very fast approaching (sorry to be beaer of bad news) and having children myself I know there is always a dog on the Christmas list.
If you are thinking of getting a dog not just as a Christmas present but anytime of the year, please think about it and answer a few questions like, do have time for a dog?, can you walk it every day?, can you afford it keep a dog?. A lot of people don’t realise how much goes into owning a dog. It’s not only the walks but buying the right food and toys and then the vets bills, flea and worm treatments and list can go on….. And there is one most important thing that still amazes me that not everyone gets and that’s Insurance!! Now you insure your house and car so why not your dog, you just never know what might happen and from personal experience I was so pleased I had insurance when my dog was taken ill. There our so many breeds of dog to choose from so its right you choose the right breed for you and your family. If you want a small low energy dog then look into a Pug or a French bulldog. If you want something with a bit of life then look into a Spaniel (I have two Springers) or a Retriever both these breeds are fantastic family dogs, easy to training and very willing to learn. I took a long time choosing the right breed for my family and in the Springer I believe I made the right decision. A good place to see all the different dog breeds is at http://www.kennleclub.co.uk here you can search all the breeds and also find a breeder. Please do your homework and don’t just get the first dog you see.
Once you have chosen the right breed for you then it’s time to find a breeder. When looking for a breeder make sure they are registered with the kennel club this way you know you are getting a genuine dog and not someone who just wants to make money. When you visit for the first time normally when the puppies are around 3/4 weeks old ask to see the Mum and Dad dog, all good breeders will have the Mum and most of the time the Dad, if the Dad isn’t available then ask to see his papers. If the breed doesn’t have either Mum or Dad then WALK AWAY!!!
When owning a dog its amazing how quickly they become a member of the family just like your own children do. With this in mind, I can never understand how many dogs on BOXING DAY are handed into the dog homes or even worse just left on the streets, the line “Dogs are for life not just for Christmas” is so true.
So if there is a dog on a Christmas list this year please think about it and make sure you are making the right decision before leaving another dog in a very busy dogs home. Dogs are not an accessory they are an animal with feelings and one who will give you so much love and loyalty if treated with the love and respect they deserve. I wouldn’t be without my dogs and they come everywhere with me (where possible) and I have fantastic family and friends who I know would be happy to look after them if needed.
I hope this helps if you are thinking of getting a dog. And please if younatr maybe think about rescuing one before thinking of getting a puppy.
Love Becki, Milly and Charlie xx🐾🐾