Regular readers of mine may remember a post a couple of years ago about my beautiful pet dog Stanley, and how painful it was to lose him. Many people I know have said that they wouldn’t have another pet because of how horrific it was to have to say goodbye to them, but I disagree. I thank the powers at be every day that we had him for as long as we did, and for the joy he brought us.
So, while it’s true that my children will never get to grow up with him by their side, I would definitely consider getting another puppy when the time is right, the kids are the right age and when I think Henry the cat could cope with it. This got me thinking about all the things that we have to consider in future if we were to get another dog though, and I’d like to share these with you in today’s blog post in case you’re debating the same thing.
Would you treat them like family?
If your house was making your child sick, would you move? Of course you would. But if your house was distressing your pet would you move? If the answer is no then I’m afraid I’m not on your side, because we did have to move with Stanley. It wasn’t fair to keep him in the city, so we did the grand escape to the country where he could roam the countless fields for hours on end.
You really do have to be prepared to modify your environment to suit your pet and help them grow, as though you would a child. They need to be in a home that suits their breed, size and personality, and if it isn’t perfect, you learn and adapt it.
Where will you buy them?
Stanley was a rescue dog, but these days there are a lot more things to consider about getting a puppy than simply strolling down to a rescue centre. On the one hand, there are many dogs that are in dire need of a loving home after being abandoned and left out in the cold.
If you can give a home to one of these animals then that’s a fantastic thing to do, but make sure you ask as many questions about the temperament of the animal as possible. How do they seem with children and other animals for example? This is a big one for a lot of young families as rescue animals can be a little skittish around children.
You might think that a specific breed will suit you and your home life better though, in which case you can’t go wrong with a well-established kennel, such as Douglas Hall Kennels. They hand select specific breeders and are registered with all local authorities, as well as having trained vets on hand 24/7 – check them out at www.douglashallkennels.co.uk.
I hope you found this post useful and that it will help you decide on whether to get a puppy or not. Please don’t be shy and leave me a comment with your own thoughts.