One of life’s greatest pleasure is sharing your home with a furry, big-eyed puppy. But adopting a dog is a huge decision. They require a lot of commitment. Dogs can live anywhere from eight to fifteen years. So that will require time and money on your part.
Really give it some good attention and make sure you have the time to commit to them before you start signing any papers. Let’s looks at some things to consider first.
Animal Shelter versus Pet Store
My personal preference is adopting through a shelter, but you are your own person and must decide which one you prefer. There have been new regulations recently and some pet stores are no longer allowed to sell dogs.
There have been some terrible stories about pet stores as well. Puppy farming, sickness and disease are just some of the topics I’ve heard. Maybe that’s why I lean toward the animal shelters so much.
The reason why
Many people don’t stop and ask themselves this question. This dog could be with you for fifteen years possibly. Make sure it’s not just a whim.
Do you have the time?
Think about your daily schedule. This about your routines. You will have to provide a safe, secure home for this animal. Do you have the time and energy to feed them, supply them with fresh water daily, take them out for exercise?
They will also look to you for love, affection and companionship. There are no days off for dog owners. And that is how some of those dogs ended up at the shelter in the first place.
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