As with any expensive purchase, buying a puppy requires a great deal of forethought. You must consider the care, attention and exercise required, also the costs of feeding and medical care. Remember, like most things in life, purchasing a pet has both an up side and a down side. Playing ball with your dog in the park is fun, stooping and scooping is not. Some of the questions your family should first resolve include:
- Who will feed and walk Sidney everyday?
- Do you have the time and desire to train a dog?
- Can you afford the cost of food and vet bills?
- What happens to Fancy when you go on vacation?
- Can your home accommodate a pet?
- Are you prepared for a 12-15 year commitment?
Dogs have feelings, too. A visit to your local Humane Society will soon impress upon you what happens to man’s best friend when they are acquired in haste.