How to prepare for a holiday puppy or kitten

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By Bob Fuselier

If you ask most children what they would like for Christmas, at some point in their young lives the answer will be a puppy or kitten. This answer has always been a difficult one for anyone trying to keep up Santa’s image. Unlike most gifts, it can’t be simply put away in a toy box or given away to some charity after the new has worn off. And, of course, all cute puppies and kittens grow up to be not-so-cute cats and dogs with needs and concerns of their own.
Having an answer that will delay the expectation of owning a pet to a time that is more appropriate is a good start for those who are not ready to take on the responsibility.
For those thinking of adding to their family this holiday season, October is the time to begin planning for a 15 to 20-year commitment, not the week before Christmas when your child asks for a new pet.

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