I think it should depend on the family and situation. After my parents separated and I moved to Kentucky with my dad 1000 miles away from my mom I was sortof distraught. Also being "alone" for 4 hours a day I found myself getting into trouble. For Christmas my dad purchased a white GSD for me. She was somewhat of a suprise, I did get to go and see her, and pick her out, but my dad told me she would not be ready untill Jan. On Christmas Eve, he gave her to me...red bow and all. I was 13 at the time and had been a responsible pet owner since I was 6..with hamsters, mice, and a cat. Sam was the best "gift" I had ever gotten, and I NEVER once lost intrest. I think if it's thought out, and done in an apropriate manner then a Christmas puppy isn't that big of a problem. My dad knew I wanted a puppy long before December even rolled around, he met with the breeder before the breeding took place, and he did his "homework". Of course a puppy or any dog should NOT be a spur of the moment decision, no matter what time of the year it is.
I agree that it depends on the family and the situation. I take my vacation from work, on Christmas week. If I was to get another dog for my family, I would consider getting one around Christmas time just so I would have the most time to help the puppy adapt. I also would plan on being the caretaker of the puppy. I think expecting children to care for an animal is never a good idea. We all know children can get bored or distracted fairly easily. I also agree that everyone in the household should be in agreement that adding a puppy to the family is a good idea. All in all, I think that the adult who brings the puppy into the family should be prepared to care for the puppy for life. Just my two cents. That said, I hope all my TP friends have a Merry Christmas.
I really think it is a family thing too, but I do for the most part agree with not giving pets as presents. We gave my dad a Shiba-Inu 9 years ago as a christmas present, but we got him in november. I for the most part dont agree with getting kids dogs at all, have them as family pets, the kids are going to spend alot of time with them reguardless. My bosses ex husband got their 16 year old sona dog last spring, now it lives at my bosses and where do you think it will stay when the son moves out in a couple of years?
i disagree riley, our family got a puppy for christmas when i was 13. a RESCUE puppy...australian shepherd... my parents had been thinking about getting us a puppy for awhile, but decided to use christmas as the day to present her to us. now she is 17 yrs. and still with my parents and siblings. i still go to visit her even though i don't live at home anymore. we never got sick of her and the fact that she was given to us on christmas had no bearing on the way we felt about her later on. it does depend on the family...
I really think that it's just one of those things that really depends on a family's individual situation.
I do agree, and this isn't just for Christmas but for every day, that adding a pet to one's family is a decision that needs to be considered from every angle.
I also think that the holidays are when people are most apt to make knee-jerk decisions like adding a pet.
When I was a kid though, we begged and begged for a dog for months, and finally for Christmas we got our dog...it was an Afghan Hound my parents had gotten from a rescue, and not only did my sister and I take good care of her, but we spoiled her rotten. I was 7, my sister was 4, but we were a very pet friendly household and learned those responsibilities early on. Back then, Christmas was the PERFECT time to get a pet because we were out of school for Winter vacation, and our parents also took their vacations at that time, so it was a good opportunity for everyone to get situated and for our dog to get to know everyone in it's new family.
So while I'm not going to agree that everyone should abide by the no pets on Christmas suggestion, I'm going to totally agree that it's a decision that deserves plenty of thought, no matter the time of year.
what difference does it make when you get a pup? giving a pup as a surprise gift may not be a good idea, but getting it as a christmis gift for the kids who want it, and it will actualy be a gift for the whole family, is a great idea. the timing couldnt be better for many as well. if you have to spend a lot of money of gifts anyway. and was going to get a dog anyway, why not wait for Christmas and pass a pup on as a gift for the kids instead of spending the money on some stupid toys that the kids will play with a couple of times and throw away. a dog is a gift that will last for years and makes kids so happy. Also many kids and adults get some time off during the holidays and have time to spend with a dog and give it the attention it needs for the first few weeks to get it aclimated to the new house. christmiss is the perfect time to do that.
I just love this time of the year. I was fortunate enough to have 3 litters that will be around 8-10 weeks on christmis. that is 27 pups at $500 each. I am going to have a very marry Christmas indeed.
How is a vacation a good time to get a new puppy aclimated to it's new life? First off what happens when after 2 weeks of the entire family being home to walk, play, and watch the new puppy, that the kids go back to school, parents go back to work, and life once again becomes hectic? Well there sits poor little spot in his cage for the next 8 hrs waiting to go potty, and wondering why everyone left him. If you are dead set on getting a puppy for the holidays then you need to consider some of these things beforehand. Use the vacation time to teach the puppy that THIS is how things will be in a week or two, don't shock it into reality...geeze!
LOR I take great offence to that statment, I got Bear from the same breeder I got Tonka from, and she is a great breeder. Her stipulations were that if it didnt work out then she got him back, and that he was given wither 1 month before or 1 month after christmas, not on christmas. We also had my mother on board with us when we got him because it was a suprise for my dad, not for her. I believe that we made the right decision in this situation, and the breeder does not normally sell dogs for presents either. She did it because she trusted me. But then in my opinion breeders should breed dog within standard, not those with the "rare" lemon gene. And if I found out that my breeder was breeding dogs with knowen genetic problems, I sure as heck would not have gotten another dog from them to consider breeding.
" I just love this time of the year. I was fortunate enough to have 3 litters that will be around 8-10 weeks on christmis. that is 27 pups at $500 each. I am going to have a very marry Christmas indeed. "
sounds like you care more about your profit than anything else. HO HO HO ~~
Wow juno that truly is just stupid, I wonder how many will end up in shelters but may. But from your statments on here you dont give a darn either, as long as they fork over the $500 so you can have avery merry christmas, well you enjoy your blood money.
Is it just me or have we seen the true colors of a fair few of our members this month?