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,