A Dog for Christmas

You’re nobody if you don’t have a dog,” says Rerun of “I Want A Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown”.  Rerun feels that Charlie Brown has the greatest dog in all the world, and of course we all know him as Snoopy.  Rerun’s mom won’t let him get a dog because they can be a lot of trouble.  But still, Rerun is determined to get a dog for Christmas so he decides to try the best route he knows…by asking Santa.  He wonders if he does give him a dog for Christmas if he’d leave him on the front porch, in the backyard, drop him down the chimney or just give him a gift certificate??  At best, he figures he will just end up getting some socks or an orange.  But if he is lucky enough to get a puppy dog for Christmas, what kinds of things will he need for the dog to be prepared?  For starters, a leash, a collar, a food bowl and protective booties for his paws.

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So when shopping for a leash, what sorts of things should you consider?  Dog Training Me says to consider the length of the leash, a trigger or bolt snap clip, whether or not it should be reflective and whether to choose leather or a nylon material.  And what type?  Standard, retractable, adjustable, a chain, martingale, slip or multiple??  So many decision

And which collar is best?  The Spruce Pets explains that there are eight different types of collars: everyday, chain slip, metal prong, smart, martingale, head, harnesses and dog show collars.  I don’t know, but I am starting to think that dogs are a big responsibility!

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Which is the best dog food bowl?  The Lazy Pit Bull says to consider your dog’s unique attributes when choosing a dish.  There’s elevated feeders, steel sided bowls, shallow bowls, slow feeder bowls, deep bowls and shallow bowls.  Gosh, when thinking about everything a dog needs, I am starting to realize that dogs need lot of extra care and attention!

And after all that, they need to be comfortable too.  Luckily Saltsox makes this part easy.  Depending on the climate you live in, you may need just one set of Saltsox or an additional Lavasox set.  This part of the dogs’ essentials can’t really be purchased before getting the dog because their paws need to be measured but since walking the brand new dog is definitely in the cards, make sure that at least one set of booties are in the plan.  

The next choice may not be quite as easy…which color??  Well, may I suggest Saltsox in the new Winter Night Blue and also in IceBreaker Gray.  If Lavasox is what your new dog will need, try them in a festive Flame for the holidays or the ever popular Pink Sorbet!

All fun aside, Rerun’s mom is a little bit right when it comes to getting a dog for Christmas: they can be a lot of trouble.  Even Charlie Brown knows that they require a lot of responsibility, care and comforting.  While a dog for Christmas does sound like a lot of fun and as we saw above, there is a lot to consider before committing to getting a dog as a pet.  Top Dog Tips explains that pets should never be a surprise.  Lots of things are needed for a brand new dog like the food and water bowls, a collar, a leash, food, a bed and training supplies.  Plus, winter may not be the best time to buy a dog just because of the temperature outside; taking the puppy to go to the bathroom outside in the cold at 2am may not be the best situation for a new puppy owner during the holidays.  Dogs are a financial commitment too and not to mention that a dog is not just a pet, they are a new member of the family and you are giving them a forever home – are you prepared to take on that responsibility?  So while dogs are super cute and they may seem like an amazing Christmas present, you need to make sure that you are ready, or the person you are giving the dog to is prepared.  In other words, don’t be a blockhead!  (Sorry, we are talking Charlie Brown here!)

So if you have decided that you are ready to take on the great responsibility of owning a dog, get ready to play slobber ball, reward with lots of cookies, chase the stick, frolic and romp in the snow and get ready to have them pull you in your wagon…or rather you pull them along in a sled!  

And if you have decided that you are not quite ready for a dog just yet, find comfort in the fact that dogs are very smart and that they can find their way to any place, and that means that your dog will find their way to you when they are ready too.  And one day, you too, will find happiness in a warm puppy.

Warm Holiday Wishes and Puppy Kisses -Team Saltsox

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