Take it From Me...
– by Michelle Dalida
What is the best (but can also be the worst) present? An
adorable little puppy or kitten with a bow around it. This may
seem like the perfect idea, but I know first-hand the dangers of
putting a perfect little pet into a household that can’t handle
Just a few years ago, my mother worked 12-hour days, my sisters
were leaving for college, and I was very active in high school.
So with an almost empty house, my mother thought it would be the
perfect time to get a dog. Not a tiny lap dog or a dog breed
known for its calm temperament, but a mix of bulldog and pit
Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to train “Bubba” properly. My
mother and I were the only people that ever came near him so he
became overly protective around guests and particularly hard to
handle when taken for walks. Our little terror was even turned
away from a training class and was asked to leave by the
professor after 10 minutes. Shortly thereafter, I left for
college and Bubba’s behavior got even worse… Bubba became
It’s really sad to think of all the things that we could have
done better, or how Bubba would have turned out with a family
that was more informed or that had the time to really take care
of him. Giving a pet as a gift is not like giving someone the
latest gadget or toy. Pets are real, live things that need a
home, love and support for years after the bow is taken off. So
if you are thinking of giving someone a pet this year, please be
sure that it’s the right home and the right pet.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!