Are you considering getting someone a dog or puppy for Christmas? Before you do, consider one very important factor. Picking out the right dog can be a very personal experience. You wouldn’t go pick out someone else’s wedding dress, would you? Picking the perfect pet for someone else is just as wrong. Don’t do it!! They could describe every detail to you about what they want, but like finding the perfect wedding dress, picking out the right pet is based not just on description but also on emotion.
But if you know someone who really wants a dog for Christmas, we have a better idea. Give them a stuffed dog along with a gift certificate so that they can pick out their own new best friend. Shopping for the perfect pet could be much more fun than finding it under the Christmas tree. The dog they told you they wanted might not be the one which grabs their heart and says, “Pick me! Pick me!”
The second most important factor to consider before getting someone a puppy for Christmas is whether that person is really ready for a new dog. They can say they want another dog and might emotionally really want one, but are they ready for the responsibility? Perhaps they want a dog, but not just yet. Maybe they have too many other things going on right now. With a gift certificate, they can take the time to consider if they want a dog right now or if they want to wait.
So instead of purchasing a dog or puppy as a gift for someone else this Christmas, go to Walmart and pick out a stuffed dog instead. Make your own gift certificate, buy a gift card to a local animal shelter, or write a check and wrap it with the stuffed dog. The person receiving this gift will be very excited. You might even make them cry with tears of joy!