As Christmas is just around the corner, I thought that it might be appropriate to talk (or rather write) a little bit about though it may well be tempting to get a little puppy or kitten or any furry friend as a Christmas present for a loved one, remember having a pet is a big responsibility. I’m aware that you all know this, but for the last six months I’ve done voluntary work for the local animal rescue centre and I’ve been amazed at how many people don’t seem to appreciate the importance of looking after these beautiful loving creatures, and can leave them abandoned with such cold-heartedness.
In the last six months, five different puppies have passed through my hands. Puppies that have thankfully gone on to loving homes, but for the five that I have helped there are probably hundreds that haven’t have the same good fortune.
I don’t want to get into a debate on whether you should spade your cat or not, on whether you should dress your dog in a hand-made, dimond-studded body-warmer or not.
But a pet does require a minimum of attention. I’ve always loved having pets, but now holding down a full time job, plus part-time writing, looking after two young children and trying to keep up some sort of social life (nothing too adventurous mind, I’m lucky if I make it for a jog around the block with some mates from the local running club and have some Gatorade afterwards) I’m totally aware that I just don’t have time to have a pet and look after it properly.
I do this voluntary work now and again and every-time I get a puppy to look after it brings home how much hard work it is. Though I also have to say that the satisfaction of seeing the puppies grow strong is greater and the unconditional love they offer goes beyond words. It makes the experience a positive one, especially for my children who are learning that if you have animals you have to be responsible with them and that success at its greatest has nothing to do with fame or fortune, rather it’s about helping those in need.
If you’re still thinking of getting a furry friend for a loved one for this Christmas, you may want to pop into your local RSPCA, I can guarantee that there you’ll find a friend for life.
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