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Get A Rescue Dog For Christmas

Everyone knows the old saying ‘a dog is not just for Christmas’. This saying was actually created by Clarissa Baldwin, the Chief Executive of the Dogs Trust in 1978. It has lived on in our minds ever since, and every Christmas we are reminded that it’s not necessarily a great time to get a puppy.

Bringing a new puppy into your home at Christmas can be a little overwhelming. They not only have to adjust to a new home but deal with the chaos of Christmas. If you feel that you must get a dog for Christmas then try and do it a few weeks before, so they have time to settle in. Or you could even arrange to pick up your new dog after Christmas when things have calmed down.

If you are thinking of getting a new puppy for Christmas just stop for a moment and think of all the rescue dogs that will be alone in kennels on Christmas day. Is their space in your heart for a special rescue dog that desperately needs a second chance?

Consider getting a dog from a rescue shelter instead of getting a puppy from a breeder. It’s a wonderful feeling taking on a rescue dog and knowing you are giving them a better life. Owners often create very special bonds with their rescue dog because the dog really appreciates their love.

Head down to your local rescue centre and see if any dogs appeal to you. It is very difficult to visit without falling in love with a dog or feeling sad for the dogs that don’t have a home. Only take on a dog if you are in a position to be able to give them what they need and look after them properly. If you do get a rescue dog around the Christmas period consider when is the most sensible time to bring them home. The rescue centre should be able to advise you on this.

So many people buy cute little puppies at Christmas when rescue shelters are overflowing and many dogs are struggling to find a home. Do something really special this Christmas by getting a rescue dog, you could potentially be saving their life. You can also get puppies from rescue shelters, it’s not all older dogs. Although don’t rule out older dogs because they can make wonderful companions and are usually house trained.

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