The season of peace on earth, and goodwill to all men.
The season of giving, and spending enormous amounts of money on things we donít really need.
It is also the season of pain and misery for some.
One 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, 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, Hunger, abandonment, and fear. It bleeds, cries, needs to eat and drink to sustain life. Yet in todayís 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 BYB or Miller. You can be sure that you dollars made for a very happy Christmas for them. (Your dollars and the other 20 or 30 people who also paid top dollar for the puppy or kitten they just had to have.)
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 BYBíS. 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.
I hear you ask why, well Ö 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 board with them. If you really want an animal in your life, save these lives, donít feed the puppy millers and the bybís. 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.
Also, if someone asks you what you want for Christmas, and you have no idea what to answer, say ďCASHĒ then donate it to you local small rescue. (Just a thought.)
I also agree... I actually won't let a puppy leave me the week of Christmas. It does depend on the breed, but my breed needs their first week in a new home to be low key and low stress and the normal routine... I just can't handle breeders who advertise "Christmas Puppies". No puppy is a "Christmas Puppy". That implies their "wonderfulness" :) ends on December 26th...
That being said, we got a cat as a Christmas present one year when I was growing up. Mom got her the week before Christmas and set her up in her bedroom (food, water, litterbox, toys) and we weren't allowed to go in her bedroom the whole week before (she told us we would spoil our surprise and we were BIG on surprises). She waited until late the afternoon of Christmas Day. She then told us all to sit on the floor in the living room - and we had to be very quiet or she would take the present back. She brought the kitten out, she sat in the recliner in front of us and told us about taking care of a kitten and what we would have to do (or else it would be ONLY her cat). She explained that the kitty had just left it's home and brothers and sisters and we had to be kind, and quiet, and gentle with her. That cat was the most spoiled thing ever - and we knew from day one that we had to respect her space.
It IS possible to bring a pet home around the holidays as a gift - but it has to be handled properly. And it should be a choice made not as a novelty but as a committment. Responsible breeders know to make this clear. The BYB's & Puppymills don't really care much after the $$$'s appear.
So if you're looking to buy a puppy/kitten as a present... if your breeder doesn't ask questions and lets it come home the week of Christmas... there is your red flag... when the dog has hip displaysia at 18 months, don't wonder why...
This is already a 260+ response thread stickied at the top of the dog section. Where many opinions and experiences have been shared. I have puppies right now, that people want me to hold until Christmas. It depends on the families really.
I will NOT ship any puppies after 12/20-12/27, my reasoning is puppy safety. The only time I have had puppies 'held up' with delayed/bumped flights has been VERY CLOSE to Thanksgiving or Christmas. Then I am worried, the families worried and the puppy is stuck in a crate for longer than necessary. I really don't need that. If they haven't made up their mind by the 20th, then you are also probably looking at an impulse buy, which is more likely to turn out badly.
So, this year I am saying the 20th is the cut-off. It's my personal decision. There are a lot more questions you have to ask around the holidays, particularly if it is as 'gift' for a spouse or child... I have never had any one looking for any one other than a spouse or child. Really, the person buying the puppy has to assure me with out a doubt if for what ever reason the person does not want or end up caring for the puppy that they will be 100% responsible for it.
I love dogs. I love Christmas. My best Christmas present EVER was my Yorkie Ginger 3 years ago.