As Christmas gets closer and we search for ideas about that ideal gift, people often think of getting a ‘cute’ puppy.
Ideally, this decision should come about after a lot of planning and research but if you are planning on getting a puppy for Christmas, you need to ask yourself some tough questions.
Having done the research and come to the decision to buy a puppy, ask the breeder (or animal shelter) to hold the pup until after all the commotion of Christmas has faded so that you can introduce the puppy to the family at a more suitable time. It is simply too hectic at Christmas to housebreak a new puppy. You will be establishing a pattern of soiling in the house that is going to be difficult to break later on. It is also very easy to miss subtle changes in your pup’s health, when you are busy with all the holiday activity. The stress of all the festivities can weaken your puppy’s immune system and make him more vulnerable to viruses and other diseases that affect pups. Add to this the fact that you are tired and stressed yourself and you have a recipe for disaster.
A reputable breeder (or animal shelter) wants those pups to succeed and will be very willing to accommodate your request. In lieu of the pup, wrap up a new collar and leash and put that under the tree along with a picture of the pup.
Of course this time can be a fun time for a puppy as well. Meeting a few extra people and becoming more socialized. Different people feeding and making a fuss of it will make the pup more confident in it’s new environment. But remember that you are the one that is going to have to get up at 3am to take the little darling out in the snow to relieve itself.
Once the festivities are over try to take a few extra days off from work so that you can stretch the holiday season into a real holiday and now you have the perfect environment to start life with a new pup.
Holiday Greetings to all from the Peterborough and District Obedience Club.
Register for the Lakefield Skating Club’s winter session! Our CanSkate Program is a great learn to skate program for children 3 and up. Skaters will learn fundamental skating skills from a Certified Skate Canada coach. Great for all ice sports: hockey, ringette, and figure skating. We offer a 9 week session: Mondays from 6-7 pm beginning January 6 or Saturdays from 9-10 am beginning January 4. This is a great Christmas gift!!
Register at the Lakefield- Smith Community Centre on:
Saturdays: Dec. 7th and 14th or Jan. 4 from 9 to 10 am
Mondays: Dec. 9th and 16th or Jan. 6 from 6 to 7 pm
Peterborough, ON – December 3, 2013 — For many families escaping abuse, the first year can be especially difficult. In an effort to help local women and children in these situations, YWCA Peterborough Haliburton seeks your support with our annual Holiday Gift Program.
Each fall, the YWCA matches families we have served in the past year with local sponsors who generously supply new toys, clothing, art supplies and grocery gift cards for the family. In cases where a sponsor is not available, YWCA “elves” pack special gift baskets containing a variety of new items donated to the YWCA during November and December.
Donations of new unwrapped toys for children ages 1-16, grocery gift cards, slippers, pajamas and clothing for women and children, and household items are gratefully accepted at the YWCA’s Administrative Office, located on the main floor at 216 Simcoe Street, until December 20. We welcome donations Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
Gift cards for local department stores, shopping centres and movie theatres are always welcome and help to ensure that everyone, including difficult-to-shop-for teenagers, receives something that will bring a smile to their face.
“The YWCA Holiday Gift Program is very dear to my heart,” says program coordinator Penny Kemp, “Since the program began over ten years ago, hundreds of local groups, businesses and families have called and emailed, eager to offer their support to single moms and their children. Sharing in the joy and magic of the Holiday Season should be special for everyone. Your kindness and generosity means a lot to families struggling to make ends meet, some of whom have left everything familiar behind.
Anyone looking for more information about specific items that are still needed can contact Penny at 705.743.3526 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the YWCA Holiday Gift Program is also available at www.ywcapeterborough.org.