The Christmas stocking puppy

By Valdette Muller| December 18, 2013 | Blog

puppy christmas couchThere was once a little boy, Peter, who desperately wanted a puppy. He was a good boy who ate all his peas, brushed his teeth twice a day and always said please and thank you. So, on the first of December, he decided to write to Santa Clause and ask for a puppy for Christmas.

The lazy days of December passed by, and everyday Peter kept hoping that on Christmas morning, he would wake up from his own, new puppy’s wet kisses. But then, out of the blue, Peter received a letter addressed directly to him in the post. Can you imagine his surprise when he saw that the handwritten letter was from Santa Clause! It read:

Dear Peter

You’ve been a very good boy all year and I was delighted to get a letter from you. It is clear that you really would like to have a puppy for Christmas and I know that you have spent a lot of time dreaming about life with a little doggy pal. However, before the elves and I start looking for a suitable puppy, it is important that you answer these five questions truthfully:

  1. Can you afford to keep a puppy? Keeping a pet costs some money and you will have to budget for the expected costs – food, shelter, grooming, vaccinations and toys – and also for the unexpected, such as vet bills and medication.
  2. Will a puppy really suit your family’s lifestyle? Taking care of a puppy is a big responsibility that requires considerable commitment. Other pets, like bunnies, fish and even cats are much more satisfied with being home alone when the family is at work or school. If you look at your commitments honestly, is your family’s lifestyle suited to a dog that requires considerably more human attention than say cats or goldfish?
  3. Are you really prepared to raise a puppy? The first year or so with a new puppy in the home is hard work and requires a lot of time and patience. They need to be house-trained and will want to chew on everything from the newspaper to your designer shoes. You will need to be available to love and teach the youngster, or you may have to deal with significant behaviour problems later on. Are you sure that you have the time and energy to commit to this process?
  4. Will you ask for help? Vets, animal behaviour specialists and dog trainers are experienced in raising well-balanced and happy dogs. Will you be willing to ask for help and advice to make sure that he gets the right nutrition, care and mental, as well as physical stimulation?
  5. Are you ready to commit? You can’t send a puppy back to the store if you decide that it is too difficult, time consuming or just not how you thought it would be. It is a commitment for the rest of the dog’s life at least, that can be very rewarding if you are ready for it, but can have heart-breaking consequences if you’re not. Think twice and then twice more if you are ready to commit.

Peter, if you can truthfully answer yes to ALL five these questions, you will have your puppy. If you are not one hundred percent sure, rather wait a little longer.

Sincerely

Santa Clause

Christmas puppies on carpetWhen Peter had finished reading Santa’s letter, he realised that getting a puppy is not something to do at a frivolous whim. It is a long commitment and he needed to be sure he was ready.

Featured image via Gracie Wilson on Pinterest

Images in post via liz dezsomething and Carlli on Pinterest

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