We remember “Lady and the Tramp” and finding beautiful little “Lady” all wrapped up in a box with a big red bow sitting under the tree. There is nothing more joyful for Christmas than to find a precious puppy or kitty as a surprise gift sitting under your tree. You finish opening your remaining gifts, enjoy a Christmas breakfast and get ready for the other festivities of the day with family and friends. That new live Christmas gift is already tossed aside in the midst of the hustle and bustle. That may work for a toy or purse but not a new pet.
A new pet right on the holiday is not a good idea because of the stress of the season. As we plan the dinner, open other gifts, go visiting, have guests over, where does this new pet fit in. The new pet can get distressed or frightened. A new pet is time consuming, needs constant potty training, feeding, playtime, naps and more playtime. The unattended new pet can get in trouble, get sick or get hurt.
If the kids are yearning for a new pet for Christmas there are ways to make it happen without bringing the new pet home until life is back to normal after the holidays. If you want to make the little ones dreams come true, shop for the new pet, leaving a deposit on your choice. with The option can be to pick it up, with the kids, after the holidays.
There can still be that special package under the tree, except the live gift will be left as an I.O.U. gift. Put pictures of the new pet inside the box, along with a book on how to care for it, plus toys, food dishes, blankets and other accessories. You can be sure the kids are going to be just as excited as it will get them through the holidays with something to really look forward to . . . and be more prepared for the new addition.
You can make the gift even more fun by adding a little stuffed animal, a toy pet pal or a cyber pet. Use your imagination and make it a fun gift for the kids. Maybe include pictures of the pet along with a gift certificate for the kids to go to the pet store and pick out the pet supplies themselves.
If a particular pet has not been selected but you have chosen a breeder with kittens or puppies, get pictures of the litter if possible. Put together a present containing the pictures and the gift certificate for the kids to pick out the new pet. You can also include a gift certificate for the much needed supplies for the new family member. This gets the kids totally involved in their new Christmas gift.
The bottom line is that it is too hard to bring a puppy, kitty or other pet into the home on Christmas. It takes away from the necessities and needs of the pet, putting that new life in danger. With a little planning and ingenuity, the gesture can still be there to fulfill the kids’ needs and dreams.