Puppies are for Life, Not for Christmas | BLOGMAS DAY 2

Hello everyone! Welcome back to day two of Blogmas! I’m also attempted Vlogmas on my YouTube channel so head over there and subscribe to keep up to date!

Today’s topic is more of a serious one, but it’s so important, and so dear to my heart.

Something that so many people and children ask for for Christmas is of course, puppies. Everyone wants a dog! And who wouldn’t?? They’re fluffy, super cute, and are always amazing friends. I’m a very firm believer that there is no such thing as a bad dog, only a bad owner. If you have a big dog who’s prone to be more aggressive, it’s up to you to determine whether you’re able to train them properly in order for them to have the best life possible. But anyway, I digress.

People all over the world will be hoping for puppies for Christmas. And today I want to tell you, do not give dogs as gifts. I’ve always said, you wouldn’t give someone a newborn baby for Christmas, so why would you give them a puppy? In my opinion, it’s the same amount of responsibility. Dogs are bloody hard work. It’s a whole other little life that you have to take care of and love and feed and play with and clean up after. What makes you think your child knows that? If you’re not willing to do any of these things, please don’t get one.

The amount of dogs that get abandoned after Christmas is truly heartbreaking. Sometimes people grow tired of it when it grows bigger and is not a puppy anymore, sometimes it’s just too much work. I don’t care what your reason is, it is never okay to abandon a dog. No matter how hard you try to justify it to yourself, your friends, your family, if you leave a dog on the side of the road, you are not worth that dog.

Puppies are wonderful companions in this life and they deserve the absolute world and more, if you are selfish enough to get a dog but not give it all the love and attention it needs, you are not worthy of that dog.

Another thing to note is that I’m not coming after anyone who’s ever bought or received a dog at Christmas and loved it unconditionally. I’m well aware that people have gotten puppies as gifts and have loved them and never abused or mistreated them in any way. But unfortunately statistics show that most of the puppies who are received as Christmas presents are later abandoned after they become ‘boring’ or grow ‘too big’. I’m sure most of you can understand that this is incredibly cruel.

Please be kind this Christmas, if you do want to get a puppy make sure you check and see if you can adopt from a shelter instead of buying from a breeder, and always be sure that you can properly care for a puppy before getting one. Really think it through, in my eyes it’s as big a decision as having a child!

Lots of love,

Shauna xx



  1. Amita Kundlani
    December 2, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    I didn’t realise so many puppies get abandoned after Christmas, that’s honesty so heartbreaking. I can’t imagine ever abandoning my dog. I don’t know how people can be so heartless. But anyways, people should definitely be careful when giving puppies as gifts, they really are a huge responsibility, but so worth it! ❤️

    amerzwithlove.com x

  2. December 2, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    YES YES YES girl this post needed to be written & I’m so glad you did! Cats also get abandoned after Christmas – after they’ve grown out of their ‘cute kitten’ stage – and it’s horrific. Getting a pet is a much larger decision-making process than a pair of festive socks or PJs, and it’s really up to the person who is OWNING the pet to choose – especially since we all bond differently with each animal. Let’s stop treating cats and dogs like they’re just something to leave under the tree! Would you gift a child?!?!

    I’m creating an email newsletter and popping this post under the ‘must read’ section. GOOD ON YOU!

    Sharni xo

  3. December 3, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    I want to start off by saying how stunning your makeup looks here! Such a nice lipstick shade! I remember having a chat in the office about one of the guys getting a new puppy soon and how he had researched before the best kind of dog to choose for the lifestyle him and his girlfriend have. I don’t think a lot of people do enough research on different dogs and their needs.
    Lois x

  4. December 3, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    First, you’re so gorgeous it’s unbelievable, Shauna you’re not so bad yourself 😉 haha joking! Your makeup here is stunning!
    I agree that it’s not the best time of year for gifting dogs. I think you only should if you know the person really wants one and is ready for the responsibility. I myself have actually asked for a puppy for Christmas because it’s the only time that my family can afford to pay so much money for something in one go if that makes sense? I don’t agree at all with people buying them on a whim for someone who they aren’t even sure will want the dog long term, it’s heartbreaking how many get abandoned! X

    • December 18, 2017 / 1:05 pm

      I know exactly what you mean Katie, and I obviously know you as a person too and know that you adore your dogs and love and take care of your animals. This post isn’t directed towards people like you who I know take care of animals! <3 It's 100% for the people who think puppies are disposable and when they get too big they just get rid of them. I'll never understand that kind of cruelty1 It's just devastating x

  5. December 3, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    I have very recently got a new puppy and knew exactly how much work it would be because I’ve grown up with dogs and my family have mated my Toy Poodle. I don’t think people realise how much work a puppy actually is which leads to them being abandoned :(. I feel so guilty leaving the room to have a shower let alone when I will have to go to work next week! I have the perfect set up for her though as I’ve recently decided to go part time so I will have plenty of time for her and she is loved unconditionally!

    Love Amber | http://www.ambambe.com

    • December 18, 2017 / 1:03 pm

      I honestly know exactly how you feel, sometimes my dog will cry at the bathroom door! I don’t know how people can’t understand the magnitude of love and support and care they need. It warms my heart to hear how much you love your puppy, you sound like a lovely person who really cares about their animals and that is so nice to see!

  6. December 3, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    This is such an important post! It breaks my heart to hear about all the abandoned puppies after Christmas, people really need to realise how much hard work they are and be totally prepared to commit rather than just give them as a cute gift!

    • December 18, 2017 / 1:04 pm

      I couldn’t agree more Amy!

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