Puppies and Ponies Are Not for Christmas
No matter how many times countless numbers of people write a post about not buying puppies for under the tree there will still be people who buy their children a puppy for under the tree. The puppy under the tree is between the new Xbox or iPhone or latest toy. And oh said puppy is wearing an adorable Christmas bow. A puppy is a living breathing animal and is a lot of responsibility to care for. A puppy is a family decision and a lifelong responsibility.
It always boggles my mind how quickly parents will dismiss a request for a pony but but consider and sometimes grant a request for a puppy. Yes the pony is bigger and requires a special place to live so that most families would have the added expense of finding a stable to take in the pony. But in every other instance a puppy has almost identical needs to the pony. Both need food and water, grooming, veterinary care, exercise, leashes, collars, harnesses. Yes it is cheaper to supply these things for a animal the size of a puppy but puppies grow up to be as big as Great Danes or Mastiffs and that pony doesn’t have much on that dog anymore. Actually in truth in terms of training you would purchase a fully grown pony that is already trained as compared to a puppy that has just left its mother for the first time and will need house-training, socialization, and obedience training.
For the little boy or girl whose heart is set on a pony parents come up with all sorts of alternative presents. Instead of a pony they purchase horse back riding lessons, books about horses, stuffed animals, posters, jewelry, bedspreads, or if it is in the budget they send their children to horse back riding camp for the summer. Alternatives to buying a pony as far as I know has never hurt a child but when you suggest alternatives to a puppy under the tree for Christmas there is always someone who will say but it is the only thing on my child’s wishlist or they have been begging for one for over a year.
Yes that might be true but is the family ready for that commitment. Are you ready to come home every few hours to take a puppy out to potty? Are you ready to spend a few hours a week at puppy class instead of playing video games and watching tv? Are you prepared for the cost of the puppy, medical care, food, and accessories for your puppy? Are you prepared for the puppy to turn your life around for the next 6 months to a year? Between caring for a brand new puppy to going through the hyper teenage phase your puppy will consume your life. You can leave the xbox home when you visit grandma and grandpa this summer but you cannot leave a dog home all alone with no one to watch over it.
What are some alternatives to puppies and ponies you have gotten over the years?