It’s that time of the year, when the kiddos are asking Santa for what they wish for the most. And, without fail, many of those kiddos will ask for a puppy or kitten. Even my brother and I received a puppy as children for Christmas when my parents fell in love with a little runt a few days before the holiday. If you are at risk of giving in to the pleas, here are a few tips!
- keep in mind, the puppy doesn’t care it’s winter and you do still have to potty train. I’ve done it, it’s not the most fun thing in the world to stand in the freezing cold and dark to get your little guy to finally pee, but you can definitely survive it! Just make sure to keep this in mind so you are prepared once you bring the little one home.
- PLEASE opt to adopt your new addition to the family. There are pet stores that make those designer puppies and kittens look extra cute for the holidays, but please do not support the puppy mill industry. While those little ones are cute, their parents are stuck in a hell on earth back at the mill. Instead, go to your local animal shelter and give a cutie the forever home they deserve.
- Consider an adult pet! While puppies and kittens are cute, they are also a TON of work. Consider getting a pet that’s a year or more old. They’ll have bladders that last all night and you’ll already know their personality/size/how they do with kids/etc. And don’t worry, you can definitely teach a pet of any age new tricks!
Good luck with your new addition to your family and Happy Holidays!