Op-ed by Wendy Crann, Founder and former Executive Director of W.A.G.S. 4 Kids
Puppies & Presents Don't Mix
As a parent, I know the temptation of finding each day of the holiday season a special opportunity to make our child’s material dreams come true. If you’ve asked your child “What would you like for the holidays?” there is an implied obligation to ante up and deliver. However, if begging for a puppy is your child’s chant this season, simply dig in your heels and say, “No!”
Adopting a dog into a family can set an example for good behavior for a child’s lifetime. How you treat this pet will be a tangible experience in love, patience, responsibility and handling adversity. I think everyone should have a dog. I actually think everyone should have two. I think every child should grow up learning the lessons animal ownership can teach.
Unfortunately, I am wrong. Animal ownership isn't suitable for all families.
The Reality of Getting a Puppy for the Holidays
With fires crackling in the hearth and the smell of holiday cookies baking in the oven, it can be easy to find yourself justifying the purchase of a puppy to make your children’s dreams come true. So if you begin asking yourself, "Should I buy a puppy for the holidays," it's time to come to terms with the reality of purchasing a puppy as a gift.