So, I hear you are looking for a new puppy. I think it is great. Having a dog (or I guess a cat) is a wonderful addition to any family. Studies show that people are happier when they have a four-legged friend. But before you go out and pick the first puppy or dog you see, we need to talk.
As many of you may not know, I was a rescued dog. Laura took me in and we have been wonderful together. I am so grateful that I found someone who could love me and train me. Now I don’t want to go into the details of my rescue. That is not the purpose of my post. I want to make sure, though, that you find a friend that fits your family and lifestyle well.
The ASPCA states:
Approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats). Shelter intakes are about evenly divided between those animals relinquished by owners and those picked up by animal control. http://www.aspca.org/about-us/faq/pet-statistics.aspx
That means that between 3 million and 4.2 million dogs a year end up in a shelter. Some of those dogs are stray, some were abused and some would be because the family situation changed. Whatever the reason, that is A LOT of dogs.
I don’t want your new friend to be one of those dogs that end up in a shelter. I am not saying shelters are bad. There are many people that help out the shelters and shelters do great things. What I am saying is, I want you to be happy with your 4-legged friend, right from the beginning. I would like to give you a few question to answer for getting the right dog, whether it is from a breeder or a shelter or the neighbor down the street.
- How active are you? If you are not a very active person, don’t get a dog that needs a lot of exercise.
- Do you have allergies? Think about getting a dog with hair instead of fur. Those would be like poodles or terriers. There are plenty of breeds to choose.
- How much space do you have? If you live in a studio apartment, you may not want a Great Dane or a Portuguese Water Dog.
- Dogs cost money, do you have enough disposable income to care and feed your puppy properly?
- Are you ready for a puppy? They will have a lot of needs in the beginning.
I would love for you to add a puppy to your life. My friend Laura would love to help you pick out the right puppy. And guess what, she can help you get your new family member trained too! Now wouldn’t that be swell! Contact us to see how we can help. Woof!!!!
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