By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, November 29th, 2006 at 8:18 am in Pets.
Since the local stores are already promoting the sales of Christmas gifts, I figure this is also a good time for me to toss out a few Holiday reminders:
Finding a fuzzy bundle of love under the Christmas tree is a happy image that, unfortunately, often has an unhappy ending.
New pets need plenty of time to adjust in peace and quiet. They need lots of extra attention that people usually don’t have time to give them during the busy holiday season. Animals can also get into serious trouble by eating tinsel or chewing on electrical cords by the tree.
This is also a good time to remind you that an animal should never be given as a surprise gift.
Dogs and cats can live from 12 to 20 years. It is important that the person responsible for the pet make a long-term commitment to the animals’ care before adopting. Picking out a new pet also takes careful study to make sure it fits in with the adopter’s age, lifestyle and personality.
Try gift-wrapping a pet toy or giving a gift certificate instead, and letting the adopter choose a furry or feathered friend after the busy holidays have passed. When things quiet down, the animal will have a better chance of adapting to its new surroundings in an atmosphere of calm and loving attention.
And everyone will hopefully live happily ever after.