On the 25th of December many families will welcome a new life into their homes. The kids will be thrilled and excited, and the family will take pictures and be overjoyed at the delight the new addition has brought to their happy home.
However, for many, this new addition will soon be seen as the root of all things evil, something to be disposed of, and something to be thrown outside like the rest of the garbage and forgotten, or it will be abused and broken like so many other Christmas gifts.
The problem is this new addition is not an inanimate object; it is a living sentient being. This Christmas gift feels pain, feels hunger, feels abandonment, and fear. It bleeds, it cries, it needs to eat and drink to sustain life. Yet in today’s society it is abused and forgotten, starved, chained and left to die.
Of course I am talking of the Christmas Pup or Kitten you got for the kids. The one you just had to have for Christmas morning. The one you paid top dollar for, to some lowlife BYB or Miller.
I beg anyone who reads this with every ounce of my being DO NOT BUY AN ANIMAL AS A CHRISTMAS GIFT, and DO NOT BUY FROM MILLERS AND BYB’S. If you actually wait till about the 2nd week of January you will be able to visit your local pound and get the animal you want so much without a problem. You will find everything from the so-called hybrid puggle to the $1000 poodle, to the Turkish Van cat.
People will dump them around about that time, they are old Christmas gifts that are either abused or broken, or people no longer have the time for, or the kids got bored with them. If you really want an animal in your life, save these lives, don’t feed the puppy millers and the byb’s. Also if you really want animal understand it is a long term commitment, not something that can be just given away when you get bored, or they get old or sick. It is illeagal to abuse, neglect or abandon and animal.
Also, if someone asks you what you want for Christmas, and you have no idea what to answer, say “CASH” then donate it to you local small rescue. (Just a thought.)
A list of rescues that could really use your donations can be found at all44paws.org under the supported rescues link.
THE BEST Christmas present in my life by far was my Yorkie Ginger. I love that fricking dog with all my heart she is my road buddy, and she sleeps in my bed every night. I can't WAIT until another year that my husband can afford to purchase me such another nice gift.
If you want to suprise some one with a puppy/kitten as a gift.... bad idea. If you don't live with the person, or if you are not willing to take the animal back FOR LIFE if it doesn't work out.... BAD BAD IDEA.
If it is for an intimate member of your family that has been talking and talking and talking about a pet for Christmas.... you live with them and can help care for the pet if needed (parent, spouse). GO FOR IT.... it can be a magical moment and many people have time off around the Christmas time to bond with the pet.
There is already a huge thread about this. I don't know why the OP isn't being harassed like others who start new threads about subjects that are already at the top of the first page.
You cannot clump everyone together. Not everyone is a moron. If my hubby (or anyone else) gave me a puppy for Christmas, I'd love and care for it just as I do Mia. Not every dog given for Xmas will end up in the pound...
It is too wide of a concept to clump together like this.
***Edited By: MommaMia on 12/20/2006 10:15:18 PM*** Reason: JMHOOOOOOO