Bringing home a Puppy: Are You Ready?
Do dogsfascinate you? Are you ready to love an animal and spend some time with a furrybuddy? Owning a dog is indeed a delightful experience, but a hugeresponsibility along with several lifestyle changes and financialconsiderations. They love unconditionally and will be there with you no matterwhat mood or situation you are in. In fact, research states that dogs can helpalleviate stress and lower blood pressure too. Dogs come in different shapesand sizes and not all breeds are the same. So, weigh your options carefully andgive it due consideration before you get one home.
Why do you want a dog?
Dogs need love,care, attention and most importantly your time. So, first prioritize as to why youare looking for a pooch. Are you looking for a fun playmate for the kids,someone who’d be around for walks, or someone who needs to safeguard the house?Owning a dog is all about loving and living with them and making the necessarychanges that leave you and your furry friend happy and comfortable.
Do you already have dogs at home?
Bringing a newdog is based on how comfortable the pooch is at the shelter. If they get alongwith other dogs, they are bound to be comfortable at home too. However, if theyare aggressive, the chances of being easygoing at home are rare. Also, are youready to take on the additional responsibility of another dog? There will be anadditional expense for food, treats, and snacks apart from the extra pet toys, training, medicalemergencies, dog clothes, etc.
What about the financial commitment?
Bigger dogs willeat more as compared to smaller ones unless they have special dietary needs andrequirements. So, can you meet the expenses of the care and upkeep of your pet?Are you ready to make an investment for the veterinary bills, grooming, andother pet supplies it may need? Cutelooks come with a price too, right?
How much time do you spend away from home?
Be honest with yourself.This is extremely important for a dog because dogs crave love and attentionjust like us humans. If you are not home very often and cannot arrange for apet sitter or walker you have a very unhappy pet on your hands.
How big is your space?
Different dogshave different needs and requirements. That little pup you spotted at theshelter may turn out to be huge and won’t like or be at ease with the currentspace you are in. Thus, rethink the breed if you feel the need to.
Be it a puppy,adult, or senior dog; you need to ensure you’re fully prepared for theresponsibility, not just with the dogaccessories, but even the little things such as your time.
In memory of our cat Squeak
He was onlly 11 years old. We rescued him from the edge of a drainage canal in Chalmette, LA, the year before Katrina. He was so tiny, and had been abandoned by his mother. He fit easily in the palm of my hand, and his eyes were not even open all the way. The were little slits, just beginning to open. I bottle fed him, every two hours. I brought him to work, and kept him out of sight, so I could keep him nourished. I even had to teach him how to pee! He had a crazy set of lungs and we all laughed about how much noise he could make, as tiny as he was. He grew into a gigantic cat. Up until a month ago, he weighed almost 30 pounds, very muscular, with huge paws. We called him our "House Puma" and always suspected that he had some swamp panther in his background. That's bow big he was! He had recently been to the vet and was being treated for a routine UTI, but all of his blood work was ok. He suddenly died Friday night in my husband's lap. We think that he had a solid tumor cancer, that would not have shown up on his labs. We are just devastated.
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