Does Santa Bring Puppies and Kittens?
MEOW! My name is June Buggie, and I have something to say!
It’s time for kids to write out their wish lists to Santa, and many of those lists include pets. Well here’s the scoop, kids- pets can’t ride on Santa’s sleigh. He drives so fast it makes them sick, and you don’t want puppy puke all over your new iPad, do you?
Moms and dads and other caring adults may decide that this would make a great holiday gift for an adoring child. June Buggie says- DON’T DO IT!
Pets are a big responsibility that should not be taken lightly. A cat can live 20 years…. or more! I’m 15 years old and still pretty light on my feet! A dog can live 15 years or more. A pet is a long-term commitment, and your sweet child of today will soon be a college student or a struggling artist or… who knows what? What will happen to that cat or dog then?
But you’re buying an expensive, pure breed dog? Consider this: up to 25% of dogs surrendered to shelters are pure breed dogs. The problem is that puppies and kittens tear stuff up, and it’s unrealistic to expect a child to know how to properly train an animal to not eat the sofa, or to not pee on your fancy carpet, or to not steal food off the counter. That takes commitment from all family members.
Introducing a pet into the home should be a family decision. Nothing wrong with a family giving themselves a new family member for the holidays, provided they’re committed to caring for that pet for the long haul.
MEOW from Santa’s Helper!