Rescue Dog Or Puppy For Christmas?
It’s a message that should be reinforced every Christmas. Christmas is a popular time for people to buy dogs, especially cute little puppies. These bundles of joy jump out of a box on Christmas day, but sadly many of these poor puppies end up in rescue centres. It’s no wonder the phrase ‘a dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ came about. Should you really take in a rescue dog or puppy for Christmas?
This Christmas, if you are considering getting a dog, think of the thousands of poor rescue dogs in shelters around the country. Many of them will have to spend Christmas in a chilly kennel, without the love and companionship that they deserve.
Instead of getting a puppy, that you have to toilet train and bring up from scratch, why not get an older rescue dog? Rescue dogs can have issues, but you can find a dog that’s right for you, and with issues you are happy to work on. Some rescue dogs would make wonderful pets, and can be very well behaved. Not all rescue dogs have severe behavioural problems, some have to be rehomed through absolutely no fault of their own.
It’s heartbreaking wandering around a dog rescue centre over the festive season, seeing so many dogs in need of a home. Getting a rescue dog can really change your life for the better. There’s no doubt that it can be a challenge, but it could be a rewarding challenge for you to take on this Christmas. You develop a really special bond with a rescue dog, and it’s very satisfying knowing you have given a dog a second chance.
An adorable puppy might seem like the best option, but as soon as all the hard work starts you might regret your decision. Christmas may not be the best time to bring home a new puppy, as it’s a very busy time. Have a good think about what is the best option for you, and whether you should wait a little longer to get a dog.
With puppies, you don’t really know how they are going to turn out. You can choose a rescue dog with the right personality and temperament for you and your family. This is possible because you can meet them and get to know them before taking them home. Do something amazing this Christmas and give a rescue dog a loving forever home.