Getting a puppy is such a fun experience! One reason people love NEW PAWSibilities is that we bring in such a large variety of pooches, both puppies and adult dogs, from teeny tiny to massive and everything in between.
Today let’s talk about puppies. We won’t promise you there will be puppies this week but we can tell you that now is the time to start thinking about getting a puppy, not when you see cute pictures posted and decide that’s the dog for you.
Choosing your puppy is a big moment and I know how hard it is to be patient when you’re so ready to add that new little furball to your family. But you are not just adding a puppy to your family, you’re adding a dog, and he – or she – is going to be with you for anywhere between 10 and 15 years (give or take).
That’s a big chunk of time, and a serious commitment, so it’s easy to see how important it is not to rush things. Putting in a little extra time and effort at the ‘planning’ stage will help to ensure that both you and your new furry friend have a chance of living happily-ever-after.
Here are the things to think about and consider when you’re making a short-list of breeds:
Size of your home
Access to a fenced yard
Family members (especially children and their ages, frail or elderly relatives)
Your activity level
Your family’s leisure activities
Amount of time you have to spend with your pet
Plans for the pup (working, hunting, agility, obedience, companion etc.)
Breeds that you are especially drawn to
There are lots and lots of mixed breed pups looking for loving homes and they’re just as loving, loyal, and intelligent.
We have lots and lots of mixed breed pups looking for loving homes and they’re just as loving, loyal, and intelligent. When it comes to health, a mixed breed puppy is also usually stronger and isn’t burdened by the hereditary health problems that many purebreds carry.
Our dogs are transported from a high kill shelter in the poorest part of Kentucky. Every year thousands of dogs of all ages, sizes, and breeds are at risk of being euthanized if groups like NEW PAWSibilities don’t rescue as many dogs as possible.
Adopting a pup/dog from NEW PAWSibiltiies gives a lonely pooch (who may have a short life-span if not adopted) a chance at a happy life with the love and attention he deserves.
Over and over we hear from adopters that there is a very special relationship because rescued dogs seem to know when they’ve been given a second chance and reward their new owners with bucket-loads of that unconditional love that dogs are so famous for!
Whether it’s a dog or a puppy there is an adjustment and this little infographic as well as the handouts everyone receives in their packet upon adoption will help get you thinking about what you’ll need to get started.
If you think now is the perfect time to choose a puppy or a dog for your family start a pros and cons list and then ho online to see what dogs we might have that will fit into your family. We have a handful of dogs now but on Thursday there will be more.