My dog Kaya is the light of my life, she is the single reason I’m happy on my really bad days and I’m so happy we adopted her over 3 years ago. At the time, I told everyone and anyone to get a dog. But I wouldn’t say it now.
Before you get a dog for Christmas, you should know that they are a lot of work and a lot of money. In the three years we’ve had Kaya, she’s had heart worm, a bad reaction to one of her annual shots, gotten bitten by another dog, and some weird allergic reaction on her tongue. It was expensive and heart wrenching and hard work. I would pay my whole life savings for her, but not everyone is capable of that.
Before you get a dog for Christmas, I hope you’ll consider not buying a designer dog from a breeder. You can find hypo allergenic breeds in shelter, there are many many breeds you can find in a shelter. It’s not just all pit bulls, but pit bulls are also amazing dogs and if we didn’t rent our place we would have considered getting one. Unfortunately, there is still a strong bias and breed restrictions.
Before you buy a dog for Christmas, know that you’re in it for the long haul. That there really shouldn’t be any reason for you to have to return that dog after a few months of it adjusting in your home. They won’t be perfect, you have to put in work to train them and even then they may have bad habits that you will have to adjust your life around.
Having a dog is my greatest joy in life, but one of my greatest sadnesses is seeing dogs in the shelters being returned or left unloved.