if your life is to hectic to have a dog, the time of year would make no difference. If you are on vacation then of course you dont get a dog. you make it sound as if people are spending a lot of money getting dogs just for christmas and then dump them afterward. that is not the case with most normal people. they get a dog because thyy want a dog and just pick the right time to get one which for many happens to be christmas for some of he reasons i mentioned.
People spend alot of money on lots of stuff then dump it, but most of those people make the decision for themselves. They do not have people getting them dogs in july for no reason weather they want them or not. This does however happen at christmas. You get your girlfriend a dog beacuse she wants one so bad, but then she doesnt want to take care of it, or you break up. Well she didnt buy the dog so it means even less and is easier to dump. Or the grandkids think that grandma needs a friens so you get her a pup to make them happy, only to find out that she doesnt want one, where does it end up?
I fully admit we bought a dog for my father for christmas, but my dad had actually wanted a dog of his own, this is infact his first. And if he not worked out my breeder had another home for him already. And she sure didnt have 27 (like really only puppymills plan for that) pups hanging around to hock to the first person so she can pay for christmas. Oh ya thats right she works to support her dogs not the other way around.
Ruffian ~ Of course it can work out, and there are potentially some decent breeders out there that happen to have a litter around Christmas time. Generally speaking though, they are churning out say 3 litters at a time for the holiday.....
When I was about 6 or 7 we got my aunt a pup for Christmas. Was a great dog and lived to be very old. So it can work out. But in general.....ehhh
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 11/19/2006 8:57:57 PM*** Reason: *
~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. ~
This is where you lost my respect.
Pope great idea to post this thread!! We have to make sure to keep it bumped like someone else said.
***Edited By: WileyBlaze on 11/19/2006 9:11:47 PM*** Reason: typo
overall it IS a bad idea to get pups as christmas presents. if you look at the shelter statistics, approximately 2-4 months after christmas there is a huge influx of pups turned over to the shelters. but, i think, that the people who turned over these pups and young aduults to the shelters would have turned them in anytime of the year they had gotten a puppy. the christmas season probably has very little to do with it.
to me, there would be no greater gift to me then to wake up on christmas morning to see a little white pyr pup, or a little fawn and black anatolian pup, sitting under the tree. unfortunately we are maxed out here in the dog department so i scratched that off my list for this year.
my son would also love to have his own dog. of course he plays and feeds and even walks our dogs and cats but he wants one that is completely his. i understand what he means when he says that and i would love to get him his own dog. he is only 11. of course i would get it with the idea in mind that at some point it will become my dog. it would be foolish to thin otherwise. i am happy to see that more people think buying kids their own dogs is a wonderful idea or we wouldnt have as many younger participants in junior showmanship, 4-H, agilty, competitions as we do now. those are great things for kids to be involved with and it would be a shame if all the parents of those kids didnt think it was a good idea either.
Big red flag: "Puppies in time for christmas" "Great gifts!" "X-Mas puppies, ready to go!"
My nude cat was my early christmas present from my husband...I bought the cat myself, but my husband agreed to accept it living in my home. Only animal I think I've ever gotten as a present "on" christmas.
WileyBlaze, Your respect is not needed or required. this is not why i go to forums. If you haven't noticed by now, I do not shy away from conterversial topiccs. As llong as i am anonymous, I could not care less what people think of me. I always say what is on my mind. I never sugar coat anything even though i know i will get bashed for my often unpopular opinions.
Just because i am one of the few who dare say what i said out right doesn't mean most breeders of all kinds do not feel the same. they just know better then to come out and say it. I'll bet that most breeders on this forum count their blessing when they have a litter for Christmas whether they admit it or not.
btw, i have labs and goldens, and no, it is not a coincident. I guess i could make a goldador retriever, but what is the point? i won't get squat for them.
of course in the house. do you really think i will risk putting young pups outdoors exposed to the elements and unsupervised and risk loosing them this time of the year? I got a big house and well well set up for as many pups as i want.
It is hard work looking after so many pups, but the rewards are well worth it.