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Caissie Canine Instruction: Why you should NOT give a pet as a gift

We begin this week’s “RUFF TAILS” featuring a beautiful 11-month-old Golden Retriever/Aussie Shepherd mix named Geno.

I’m Geno, I met my “furever” family in April of this year after they experienced a sudden family K9 pack loss. I’ve been doing well on my e-collar training and love off leash walkies. I don’t swim yet, unless it’s in my water bowl. LOL.

I love cuddling with mom and dad, carrying my toys around, getting pets, and saying “hi” to everyone, especially kids! You’ll find me sleeping in my chair, looking out the window or wreaking something I’m not supposed to have.

Welcome to Doggie Dialogue

This is a thoughtful and wonderful idea, however whether it is an elderly couple receiving the “gift” of a pet or young children receiving the “gift” there can be problems that arise. In both instances, this pet may not be age appropriate. Seniors don’t always have the physical strength, money or time to look after a new pet. Children also don’t always have the time, attention span, or emotional commitment to look after a pet throughout its lifetime.

When a person is not involved in the process of choosing the pet, it can be disappointing, especially when they really would have preferred to have a kitten, instead of receiving a puppy.

Owning a pet can be financially costly, with vet care, vaccinations, dental care, pet food, training and boarding. The recipient receiving this “gift” may not have the money to care for the pet. The recipient may not have the time to walk, train, or exercise the new pet.

Unfortunately, many “gifted” pets prove too big of a challenge for the new owners’ capabilities, resulting in the new gifted pet ending up in a shelter within the first 2 years of its life.

The right match between humans and animal companions is very personal and a huge commitment. You must be prepared for the responsibility.

If the pet is given at Christmas time, it makes it hard on the new owners to make time to spend with the new pet, with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

The holiday environment can be difficult for a new pet as well, to adjust to all the frantic activity.

We believe a family should choose their own pet on their own timeline, for the best outcome.

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