“A dog is for life, not just for Christmas.”™
In 2018, this well known and trademarked phrase of The Dogs’ Trust, the UK re-homing and adoption charity, will have been in use for forty years.
Four decades on, however, The Dogs’ Trust still expects to receive hundreds of calls in the weeks following Christmas from owners who want to give up their dog.
My blog celebrates the joy of dog ownership and I have been writing a Christmas gift guide. I hope that I have given you some great ideas, however I feel that it is only responsible for me to stress that as lovely and cuddly as they may be, puppies (or pets of any kind) do NOT make good gifts.
(Note that The Dogs’ Trust also has a comprehensive range of doggie and doggie-themed gifts, whose proceeds help The Trust’s work. Click here for details.)
Cute puppies are available at the click of a button online and unfortunately, this means that dogs are sometimes bought as last minute gifts, with little or no research.