All I Want For Christmas Is A Puppy
Considering an addition to your family this holiday season?
We’ve all seen the movies and TV shows where a family member surprises their family with a soft, adorable puppy adorned with a red bow around its neck while the lights of a Christmas tree twinkle in the background. Puppies are exciting any time of year, so it’s no wonder they have a special magical quality around the holidays. But before you buy the red bow and the matching dog bed, consider the following to see if a puppy for Christmas is right for your family.
If you have children, are they ready to have a pet at home?
Research breeds that are kid-friendly and “practice” with your kids around other people’s pets. While there is no sure-fire way to tell if your kids will do well with a puppy in the house, it’s best to prepare the best you can for this new, big part of your family.
Have you budgeted for the expenses of an extra family member?
While you may have saved money by adopting a pet from your local shelter, there’s no getting around the costs involved in raising your new puppy once you bring it home. Count on spending around $1,000 in the first year on items like food, spaying or neutering, a collar and leash, a crate and dog bed, puppy training, a pet license, toys and treats, and medical exams and vaccinations.
Is your lifestyle and schedule conducive to having a puppy?
Puppies, like newborn babies, are a lot of work! Especially in the beginning, they require extra time and care. Are you someone who is gone a lot in the evenings and weekends? Do you have a schedule where you can be home in time to let the puppy out and make sure it gets ample exercise with walks or playtime? Once the excitement of a puppy wears off, families sometimes find that they simply don’t have the time to care for the puppy that they thought they did, leaving them to send it to a shelter or try to find a new home for it. By realistically evaluating if your family has the time to care for a puppy, you’ll avoid the heartache and stress later.
Planning a furry surprise like a puppy is definitely exciting, and with the right planning and consideration, it can be a wonderful present for yourself and your family. Reach out to Klein if you have any questions about puppy prep and care. We love puppies too!