On Christmas morning 1909, Jim Dear gives his wife Darling a
cocker spaniel puppy that they name Lady. Lady enjoys a happy
life in this family, but not all dogs that have been given as
Christmas gifts can say the same.
Do pets make good Christmas gifts? We would say no.
While there are few things more adorable than the image of a pup
under the tree, they are not stuffed animals. A puppy or a
dog should not be introduced to a family on a whim. These are
living creatures that require a great deal of commitment.
Once the excitement of Christmas is over, the wrapping paper put
away, the tree undecorated and the new toys on the shelf, we don't
want the Christmas dog treated the same way.
If you have reviewed our Adoption Process you will see that
everyone in the family must be in attendance during the home
visit. The reason is that selecting a dog for a family
requires everyone in the family to be on the same page and for
there to be a fit between the requirements of the dog and the
lifestyle of the potential adopters. You are not able to
assess this overall fit if a dog just appears under the Christmas
Your commitment to your new canine companion needs to be
furever, not just over the Christmas season. If you are
thinking about giving a puppy or a dog as a Christmas gift, please
remember that a pet is furever and let that help you decide how to