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So you want to help someone get a pet for a present.

The holiday season is fast approaching and many people around the world are thinking about someone who wants a pet for a Christmas present.  A lot of them are a parent who is considering a pet for the family and the point of this article is not directed towards them (but it could have some pointers).  This is for someone who is thinking of getting a pet for a parent or a child who does not live with them, another family member, or even a friend.  Please, read this article.

A pet is a very long term commitment.  By very long term I mean at least 5 years and possibly as many as 20 years.  Pets do not make good presents to other people.  Plain and simple.  It is a decision that should only be made by the person who is going to be the primary caregiver for the pet and those who live with them.  Do not, DO NOT get them a pet for Christmas.  Many pets bought, adopted, etc. this way end up in shelters within a year (puppy behavior is not good, dogs get big, cats misbehave, etc.).  Getting someone a pet as a present is a bad idea.

So, what do you do for the person who has their mind set on getting a pet this holiday season?  You can be there for them and if you are educated on an aspect of the animal that they want (teach them about different dog breeds, etc.). Continue reading