The major dog charity in the UK, The Dogs Trust, which finds homes for over 16,000 unwanted dogs every year, has as its’ slogan “A dog is for life, not just for Christmas”. Every year, just after Christmas, its’ homes are bursting to the seams with puppies and dogs which have been bought as Christmas presents, and thrown out shortly afterwards by families who are unable or unwilling to care for them.
Getting a dog requires careful consideration on a number of levels. Whether a puppy or an older dog, it is going to require a lot of time, effort, and love in much the same way as a new baby. In return, it will give you its’ undying friendship and love for the rest of its life, which in the case of smaller dogs may be as much as twenty years. Most dogs will live for at least ten years: you need to consider whether you have the time to give your dog everything he needs.