Hi friends…I am so so happy that Mary is back with us today to Celebrate National Puppy Day. Her infographic is fabulous. If we all join in we can spread the words OPT TO ADOPT! There is a pup out there that is perfect for you and your family. Be sure to check out Mary’s blog My Sweet Puppy…so much to see and learn.
March 23rd is National Puppy Day, and if you have been thinking about enriching your life with a new puppy, this is the day to get it done.
Hopefully, you’ll be able to find your new 4 legged BFF, but before you do anything, take these helpful tips into consideration.
Your Local Shelter
“Adopt instead of shop,” is the National Puppy Day motto, and for good reason. It’s all about your local shelter where they have many rescue puppies waiting for a forever home. By adopting from your local shelter, not only will you be freeing up valuable kennel space, but you’ll also be providing the funds for more rescues. Plus, you’ll be making a puppies dreams come true! It doesn’t get any better than that.
How Much Space?
Something that must also be considered is how much space do you have for the dog breed your puppy is? Sure, your pup is little now, but if it is a larger breed of dog, it is going to need a lot of space. A small apartment won’t be right for a larger breed, so you’ll have to plan accordingly with the type of dog you adopt, and ask yourself how much space you need for the kind of dog you want to get.
The Exercise Commitment
For the happiest and healthy pup, it is going to need plenty of exercise. That includes walks, runs and play. Can you make that sort of exercise commitment? These activities are needed for normal development and muscle growth, so you’ll have to make a commitment to get them out walking, running, and playing on a regular basis.
You may not think about the monthly cost of a pup when their beautiful brown eyes are staring back at you, however, a regular monthly cost may be around $300 dollars per month. Sure, food is a part of that, and they will eat more as they grow, but you also have to factor in vet bills, shots, toys, grooming accessories, and anything else that comes up. So, no matter how much you want a puppy, you have to be able to afford one first.
Take the Next Step
With National Puppy Day almost here, making the decision to adopt depends on a lot of things. But by using these tips and understanding what it takes to have a pup, you’ll be able to make a decision to take that next step, and bring a new buddy home.
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