This holiday season there will be many people who ask for a dog for a present. Many people will shop for a new puppy for their children. While desiring a dog is fantastic it’s always important to make sure that whoever is receiving the dog is ready for it.
Do they understand how much work and attention a dog requires? Dogs are very social creatures so unlike some pet (like cats) they need to be around people or other dogs a lot of the time. They need exercise (a good yard to run, walks or trips to the dog park). Then there is the expense of owning a dog. In addition to food, treats, dog beds, collars, leashes and toys there are vet visits, meds like heart worm protection, annual shots and the like to pay for.
Many people purchase a dog then decide after a little while it’s either too expensive or they don’t really have time for the animal. This can be very hard on the dog. If you or the person desiring the dog knows all that is at stake and still wants one—then terrific—but perhaps you might think of adopting a dog—rescuing one, than than buying one form either a breeder or pet shop. But you want a puppy and you really wanted a particular pure breed dog. Well did you know that almost every breed imaginable has it’s own rescue group right here in Colorado? Colorado is a state that is known to keep animals alive if at all possible so thousands of rescue dogs end up in our state each year.
And though the Humane Society has a lot of adoptable pets there are some fantastic rescue groups around the state with available dogs looking for a great home. Some of the notable ones in the Pikes Peak Region are All Breed Rescue & Training, 4 Paws 4 Life Rescue, Painted Paws for Veterans , Adoptable Animal Rescue Force and more. If you do a web search —the Petco Foundation will help you find an adoptable pet near you.
So maybe this year think about some of the great dogs waiting for a new home and give them the best Christmas present ever.