My kids are pet mad! Anything that is cute, furry and four-legged is usually a big hit with them. I can’t say I’m any different. Who wouldn’t love a little bundle of fluff curled up next to them on the sofa? The trouble is, they aren’t quite so cute when they’re chewing your pumps or weeing on the carpet. Let’s face it, it’s hard enough keeping the house clean and tidy already!
Still, there are times when I think about treating the kids to a new puppy. Our family would welcome any new addition to the home. I think pets really do complete a family and help make a house a home. They’re so forgiving and loving. And they’re ready to hand out cuddles whenever you need one.
If I was going to bring a new puppy home, I think it would have to be a smaller breed rather than something big and powerful. I do worry about my kids getting bowled over and hurt by an excitable dog. And I definitely have to remember that little puppies can grow up big and powerful. I don’t know if I would be too fussy about the pedigree of the breed. Sometimes it’s nice to rehome an unwanted puppy.
All dogs need regular health check-ups and annual vaccinations. Veterinary care can be so pricey, but I’m already checking out some of the more comprehensive insurance plans to cover us. Puppies can be more at risk of injury if they are quite excitable. Younger dogs can also be more prone to picking up illnesses.
I had no idea that dogs needed so many accessories until I started browsing online for them. Even if I get just a little puppy, I’m going to need a small dog bed, water and food bowls, a collar and lead, and a little jacket for winter. Then, of course, are all the toys and treats. There is an enormous choice of puppy food to figure out too. Some dog owners use clickers and treats to help train their puppies. I think that might be a good idea.
There are doggy toilet sheets and poop accessories to consider too. I’m going to have to get the garden organized, so the puppy has a safe area away from the kids’ things. Car travel requires some accessories too, like shades, guard gates, and harnesses. It’s starting to feel like an endless list!
Puppies are a huge responsibility, and it can be quite expensive if you are getting a dog for the first time. Still, family pets bring lots of benefits for everyone in the house. A pet is especially beneficial for the kids. I think I will bring the children to the puppy training classes so they can better understand how a puppy thinks.
I know when we’re ready that getting a new puppy will make the kids so happy. With their love of animals, they’re going to be cuddling and playing with the little pup all day every day. I think it will be a good experience for all of us.