When you see that beautiful, cuddly, pedigreed puppy at the pet store they do not care about the home the puppy is going to, they just want your cash. They tell you all about his lineage, what a glorious breed it is and how so many people want the little bugger. You will probably hear all about the fancy foods and fifty dollar chew toys. There is a good chance you will walk out of there paying twice as much in accessories as you did your pedigreed pooch, and feel completely confident that you have everything you need for your sweet angel.
What they don’t tell you is four a.m. comes on quick when midnight found you stumbling up stairs, slipping back into your bed after freezing on your back porch waiting for your new puppy to use the restroom. The two-hundred and sixty dollar vet bill for being seen late Saturday night before Easter Sunday because your beautiful, loving little fluff ball was running with a stick and impaled himself is nothing compared to the fear and pain you feel as this poor saps guardian and those sad puppy dog eyes accusing you of letting them down. You will never hear them say that your new baby is just as happy with an old soda bottle tied in an old sock as he is the designer chew toy with nubs and bright patterns. That he will thrive on Pedigree or Beneful just as well as the ten times more expensive brands on http://www.samsclub.com/sams/purina-beneful-healthy-weight-42-lbs/prod4020252.ip, and will never hear them admit that is in fact what they feed their own mutts. Daily walks, getting a veterinarian and knowing where the nearest emergency animal hospital is, vaccine schedules, proper fitting collars, and pretty much anything you actually do need to know to keep your pet healthy such as grooming habits are not brought up. The fact that your little fuzz bucket is going to grow up and be a dog and look different, smell different and require training and time and probably a few sets of your favorite shoes be chewed in the next year is not coming out of their mouth.
Puppies are a commitment. They need daily care, attention, training, grooming, rules, routine exams, emergency medical care, pet sitters, and a whole ton of understanding to grow up healthy. If you are considering a puppy for a pet, you should prepare for him just the same you would for a baby. Get your home ready, get his area set up, arrange a vet check up, and nest like an expecting parent because that is what you will be. He will rely on you for nail trimming, eye care, vaccines, food, shelter and love. What they don’t tell you at the pet store is how to keep the new baby healthy and thriving is not the money spent, but the care given.