Puppies! Everybody loves puppies, and with National Puppy Day coming up on March 23rd, it may be time to enrich your life with a brand new PUPPY!
If that sounds like a great idea, here are a few things to know before you run out and get your new BFF. It may be the best decision you’ve ever made in your life!
Visit Your Local Shelter First
The best thing you can do for any puppy is to find one at a shelter. There are too many puppies and not enough homes, so if you can provide a forever home for a cute little rescue pup, not only are you going to make your new puppy the happiest little bundle of four-legged joy on the planet, but you are also going to be helping out your local shelter. As they say, it’s always better to adopt before you shop!
Puppies Need Room
No matter how cute a puppy is, you must consider how much room you have for one. Yes, a small puppy will fit anywhere, but if it grows into a big dog, an apartment won’t be ideal. Bigger dogs need bigger spaces when they grow up, no matter how cute and delightful they are as little pups.
The Cost of a Puppy
The only thing you might think of when going goo-goo eyed over a little darling is food and water, and not much else. Sure, that’s important, but it is only a fraction of the cost of having a puppy. Things like vet visits, shots, toys, grooming, a bed, collar, leash and many other things add up before you know it. Also, remember that all puppies turn into dogs, and big dogs eat far more than little dogs, which makes for a bigger food bill. Consider that the average monthly cost to own a puppy can be anywhere up to $300 dollars! So make sure you budget can handle a puppy before you bring one home.
You pup is going to want to go-go-go, and you’ll have to make sure that they get the right amount of exercise-exercise-exercise. That means a commitment from you for walks, runs and play time. Smaller breeds won’t need as much room to exercise as larger breeds, so take that into consideration too. If you don’t have the time, you shouldn’t spend the dime.
National Puppy Day is a celebration of all things puppies! So if you can do your part and adopt before you shop and rescue your new best friend. The love and bond you two share will be priceless.