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Alternatives to Giving a Pet as a Gift

December 16, 2013
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Christmas Puppy

Puppy for Christmas?

The original article was paraphrased from an article I posted here previously and rewritten on PetAutoSafetyBlog. It was a good article and worth repeating. Pets are great, but they may not be the best Christmas gifts. Here is why and what you can do instead of giving a puppy or kitten instead:

Picking out a Pet is a Family Event
If you are considering giving your child or loved one a puppy or kitten for Christmas, consider giving a gift certificate or a promise note instead. This way the entire family can get together and decide which pet is perfect for everyone. If done after Christmas, this will also help all the pets which have ended up in the shelter because they were given as gifts and not wanted. This happens more often than you think so waiting until the entire family is ready and can decide together helps both your family and the pets that found themselves homeless.

Picking out a Pet is a Personal Experience
You wouldn’t go pick out someone else’s wedding dress, would you? The puppy or kitten you think is perfect may not be the ideal pet for the person you are picking it out for. Even if that person described every detail about what they want in a pet, it’s like finding the perfect wedding dress – the right pet is chosen based not just on a description but also on emotion. Also, that person may not really be ready for a pet. By giving a promise note instead, they can choose when the time is most right for them. The holidays are already overwhelming. It might be best not to overwhelm things more with a little fur-ball of mischief.

Give a Stuffed Animal with a Promise Note Instead
If you know for a fact that a certain person really wants a puppy or kitten for Christmas, giving a stuffed one along with a promise note instead is a very creative idea. This allows them to pick out a real live pet themselves and you have still given a gift on that very special day.

Give a Donation in Someone’s Name
Now that you know how many pets are abandoned after the holidays because people weren’t really ready for them, you can give homeless pets and a person you care about a gift by donating in their name to a shelter or rescue group. If someone you know lost a pet recently, giving the gift in their pet’s name is an even better idea.

Promise to Volunteer
If a good friend or family member wants a pet but you are concerned a pet may be too much for them to handle, give the gift of agreeing to volunteer at an animal shelter together. This way, the person can see how much work is involved in caring for a pet. They might discover they don’t really want a puppy or kitten after all, or they might find out they are allergic to animals. Also, if the person doesn’t have time to get together with you, this might be a sign that they wouldn’t have time for a puppy or kitten either.

Please don’t buy a pet for Christmas this year. Consider the above alternatives instead and save one of the animals who were given up because someone wasn’t ready.

Thank Goodness for Maya

November 29, 2013
Maya in Pet Kennel

Maya was three months old when I got her, and about 20lbs. What a cute little booger she was!

Maya’s adoption papers put her birthday as August 25th, 2007. However, it wasn’t until right after Thanksgiving of 2007 that I got her. So while I am giving thanks for all my blessings this holiday season, I have an extra special reason to be thankful – my Maya Papaya.

Sephi had been my only dog for many years. I’ve wanted another dog for some time, but kept putting it off. Around October of 2007 my boss started allowing me to work from home. This gave me more of an opportunity to take care of another dog.

I did not go through a shelter or rescue group because I had a misconception about them not allowing a person who lived in a one bedroom apartment to adopt a large dog, especially if that person already had one large dog. (I knew I wanted a larger dog, at least Sephi’s size.) My misconception arose because I used to work at an animal shelter years ago, and their policy was very strict about this.

So I did an online search, which led me to craigslist, and that search led me to an adorable Labrador puppy named Dixie. It was love at first sight, and not just because she was so cute. A Labrador was the perfect breed because I needed a laid back breed that would be unlikely to challenge Sephi’s strong alpha characteristics. (I had tried taking in a stray dog I found running around the apartment complex only to have him and Sephi constantly fight with one another. I ended up giving the stray dog to one of the maintenance people who worked at my apartment complex.)

I contacted the woman who posted about this cute Labrador puppy on craigslist right away, and got a quick response. I less than 30 minutes after speaking to her, I made an ATM withdrawal for some cash and drove on over to meet Dixie.

The first thing Dixie did was jump and lick like the maniac puppy that she was. The woman said, “Oh, she never does that!” And she kept saying it over and over again as though she thought I wouldn’t want the puppy if it was too rambunctious. Perhaps someone else had taken a look at Dixie and decided she was too much. But I know puppies and had no problem with Dixie’s excited behavior. My mind was made up.

Maya Puppy

How could you not fall in love with such a cute little stinker?

I spoke to the woman a bit about why she was giving up the puppy and she said it was because she just didn’t have time for it. I noticed the woman had two toddlers and an infant to care for and completely understood. This woman had her hands majorly full. I asked her if there was anyone else showing interest in the puppy and she said no. So she gave me Dixie, the rest of Dixie’s food, and Dixie’s adoption papers. I gave her the money, which was the exact same amount she had paid to adopt Dixie, and we were on our way!

On the way home, I realized I should have gotten a dog seat belt for Dixie. She kept trying to climb in my lap and I ran a red light while trying to push her away. Thank goodness nothing happened!

Maya in Car Wearing Dog Seat Belt

Phone photo of Maya’s second trip in the car after I got her a dog seat belt. She’s always had such a big nose.

When I got home, I started trying to think of a different name for Dixie. Check out my post on how I came up with the name Maya.

Here we are, six years later, and Maya and I are as happy as can be. I shudder to think about the kind of life Maya could have led if that woman hadn’t decided to give her up. Maya is much happier, I am much happier, and I’m sure that woman was much happier. All-in-all, it was a decision everyone was thankful for.

Maya Puppy Wearing Bow

Maya was a gift to myself.

I want to mention that if you look for a dog on craigslist, be very careful. There are breeders out there posing as rescue groups. I paid $150 for Maya, which was a reasonable adoption fee for a dog that was spayed and had her booster vaccines. I received a copy of her medical records along with her original adoption paperwork. Generally, breeders posing as rescues charge a lot more and call it an “adoption fee” but don’t include spaying or neutering and may or may not include vaccines.

My Dog's Adoption Papers

Maya’s adoption papers. She was actually adopted at PetSmart and I have a copy of that document too. PetSmart doesn’t adopt out dogs, but they invite rescue and shelter dogs over on the weekends.

Not So Wordless Wednesday – Remembering My Dog Sephi

October 31, 2012

My Beloved Sephi

-Persephone – April 1, 2001 to November 2, 2011
-AKA Sephi, Sephi-Doodle, Boo Boo, Brat Dog, Devil Dog (she chewed up all my bibles when she was a pup), April Fool (notice her birthdate)
-Theme Song – Flight of the Valkyries, add words to the canon – “Sephi-Doodle, Sephi-Doodle, Sephi-Doodle! Doodle Head.” (I’ve got to make some sort of video for her with this.)
-Most Recognizable Physical Traits – Black spots on her tongue, big German Shepherd ears, Sephi always wore a bandana from age 1 1/2 to her very last day.
-Most Prominent Personality Traits – Aloof, well-behaved, lazy – she did love her walks but couldn’t handle walks that were too long, dog aggressive (especially in her final years), loved chasing squirrels and rabbits but was wary of cats.

This is one of my most favorite pictures of Sephi.

It has been nearly one year since I lost my beloved dog Sephi. I still think of her often, mostly with the joy of remembrance but sometimes with sadness. I still have photos of her around the house and on my refrigerator. My husband and I still occasionally say, “I love you more than Sephi loves food.” I would still have some photos of Sephi on my phone if I hadn’t bought a new phone this year. And it wasn’t until this October when I finally changed my profile pictures from Sephi, Maya, and I to Maya, Pierson, and I.

I miss those big Shepherd ears.

The Bargain
Sephi was a great dog. I could tell you stories about her all day, if you let me. But two things made her stand out as a special dog. The first one is that she helped me through my divorce and helped me adjust to my new life. Sephi was a puppy when she was given to me by my ex, then my husband, as a way of saying sorry for his infidelity. My life was falling apart but Sephi was there for me. My husband left me, but I got Sephi in exchange. What a bargain! 🙂

The Intruder
The second special story about Sephi was the day she protected me from an intruder. I came home in the middle of the day sick. In my muddled state, I forgot to lock my apartment door. Sephi didn’t usually bark when people came to the door. And she never barked at maintenance when they came in to fix something when I wasn’t home. But Sephi barked like mad that day when a stranger tried to come in. I barely heard a man’s voice through all her barking. By the time I got up to see what was going on, the man was gone. I was so proud of Sephi, who had never taken the initiative to be aggressive towards another person before.

Sephi loved to ride in the car.

I said two stories about Sephi, right? Well, I forgot about our trip to Oregon. I drove from Kansas to Oregon to visit family there. It was just Sephi and I on that long long trip. Sephi didn’t do anything heroic but she did make me feel safer, especially when my car broke down in not-so-Bliss, Idaho.

Sephi loved snow.

Yes, Sephi was a very special dog. I miss her terribly and am getting tears in my eyes right now as I write this. But she had a good life, and I had a better life because of her. I miss you Sephi. ❤•.✿.•❤

Like Maya, Sephi was a model for many of my products.

If you want to read more about Sephi, simply put Sephi in the search field of this blog and in the search field of our other blog,

See Sephi’s cute spotted tongue?

As an artist, I never drew a picture of Sephi when she was alive. But now that she is gone, I feel the need. Here is a rough sketch from the photo above. I will show the finished piece when it is done.

Here is a cute drawing that someone else did of my Sephi.

Happy Easter!

April 7, 2012
Easter Puppy

Maya The Easter Puppy says, "Happy Easter!"

Here are a couple of cute photos of my dogs Sephi and Maya wearing bunny ears (taken a few years ago).

Easter Dog

Sephi says, "Please take these dumb ears off me."