A new furry friend is NOT a great gift at a time when everyone's attention is more focused on the "big picture". Little puppies get lost in the confusion and hullabaloo that is happening during the melee of opening presents.
They are new to this whole world of ours and bringing them into the middle of it during the holidays is really unfair to a little bundle of fur that just wants to be loved, cuddled, kept safe and gently explore it's new home and new family.
If, after all the warnings not to, you are determined to bring a puppy or kitten as a gift, there is a way to do it that will keep everyone happy and excited, without being a major trauma to the animal involved in your choice.
Presumably, the kids have all mentioned that they wanted a pet to begin with. To that end, if a new puppy or kitten is on the way to your family, start by preparing your family first for the newest member.
Along with some toys for the kids (a stuffed dog or cat), make sure there are books for each one of them, about caring and training a pet.
Buy them dog/cat dishes, dog/cat toys, dog/cat treats, a bag of good quality puppy or kitten food.
Wrap a flattened dog crate, or kitty carrier and address it to one of the kids. A leash, harness, and tags would be another great gift.
A Puppy Starter Kit would be a nice bundle to give to the whole family!
And then when everyone is wondering what the heck it all means, take the video you made, when you visited the Dog/Cat Breeder and show them the newest member of their family. Give each of the kids a "ticket" to ride in the car on the day after New Years or later, to go and collect their new furry friend. Make arrangements with the Breeder ahead of time, to give the children a lesson or two about caring for their new pet. Most reputable breeders will be more than happy to help along, because they want their puppies to be happy and well adjusted as well. When I got my dog, the breeder was more than happy to give the puppy a bath, show me how to care for his coat and let me help to dry him and brush him. She was pleased that I was interested in his well being before I even got him home. She had valuable experience with puppies and could help me make his transition to my home much smoother. Having a puppy is like having a baby, there are all kinds of things to learn.
By that time, hopefully most of the Christmas things will have been put away and the new fur baby will have a safe place to call his new home. Tinsel and cookies and candy lying around with a new puppy, could spell disaster. So it's better to wait. Not only will those dangers be gone, but, the children, having settled in with their new toys, will find time for the newest member of the family too!
This little video (click on the link) will help you understand a little more about:
Remember, that while getting an animal for Christmas (or later) is wonderful, they are a commitment for years to come, not just over the holidays. This is a living and breathing being that requires love, companionship, exercise and food. He is like a new member of the family and deserves to be treated with the utmost respect.
Do it right and your family will have Christmas memories to last a lifetime and a dog or cat, that will fill each year with happiness and joy.......
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