I can’t say it any better than these folks.
See why experts in the field agree… it’s never a good idea to give a puppy as a gift, despite the fact that it may seem like the best thing to do.
Following are a few heartfelt stories, revealing why Christmas puppies are never a good idea:
- The Christmas Puppy: Why You Shouldn’t Get One by Jon Katz
- No Christmas Puppies, Please by Ruth Ginzberg
- And the best reasons of all — why NOT to get (or give) a puppy for Christmas — are summarized here by Gina Spadafori who spent the entire month of December one year summarizing why a Christmas puppy is a very bad idea and reasons puppies make poor Christmas gifts.
Good news: Gina Spadafori managed to convince Craig Newmark, the owner of Craigslist, to make it very difficult for puppy-millers and high-volume backyard breeders to sell on Craigslist.
Exceptions To The Rule
That’s how it happened for us.
Here are 30 things you’ll want to make sure of before you bring that puppy home though!
As long as you’ve done your research, and you trust that yours is a reliable breeder with an established history, then best of luck to you and your new puppy.
Here are some special considerations for enjoying the holidays with your new pet.
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