This time of year people think that it might be a good time to add a new pet to the family or to give one as a gift.
Although the Home for the Holidays Program has been pretty successful, for most people the hectic season and additional financial demands of maintaining another household member makes it a poor time to add and integrate an animal into a home.
One of the biggest mistakes people make is to buy a dog for a friend or family member.
Why is it a mistake?
A new pet is a personal decision that demands research, resources, and that places additional responsibility on the new pet parent.
It is best to let each person make that commitment instead of surprising someone with a live present that may end up abandoned or relinquished when it is not a good fit or the recipient cannot adapt to the demands of pet parenthood.
Instead, create anticipation with a cascade of gifts that will create excitement and anticipation surrounding the possibilities.
If you don’t want to wrap a bunch of gifts (but personally I think more can be fun) you can create a nice basket of supplies by using a dog or cat bed and then filling it with the items that will be needed when a new pet is selected and wrapping it up as one big present.
Take the bed and then fill it with toys, treats, collar,leash, brush or comb, toileting aids (pet clean up aids doggie toilet or cat litter box) and gift certificates for puppy preschool or kitten kindergarten.
Certificates for grooming, pet sitting, and veterinary wellness exams or pet insurance make great additions to this present.
Help in the selection of pets by giving a book about selecting the right dog or an encyclopedia of the different cat or dog breeds. Above Photo: Puppy Care Package – Medium Puppy Starter Kit
Here are a few to consider:
- Encyclopedia of Cat Breeds
- Adopting Cats and Kittens: A Care and Training Guide
- The Cat Bible: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know
- Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds
- The Right Companion – A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Dog
- Right Dog For You
- Paws to Consider: Choosing the Right Dog for You and Your Family
- Second-Hand Dog: How to Turn Yours into a First-Rate Pet (Howell reference books)
- Your Adopted Dog: Everything You Need to Know about Rescuing and Caring for a Best Friend in Need
- The Adoption Option: Choosing and Raising the Shelter Dog for You
- Successful Dog Adoption
- Dog Adoption: A Guide to Choosing the Perfect “Preowned” Dog from Breeders, Dog Tracks, Purebred Rescue Organizations & Shelters