Buying a puppy for Christmas looks like a great idea but looking after a pet takes time and money. Tomorrow's Dog Talk in the Malaysian national daily, The Star, Weekend section, looks at what it takes to keep a dog healthy and happy.
The article covers vaccinations, parasite prevention, and diet costs per month and per year. It also looks into how much time you need to spend with a pet dog to keep it happy and healthy.
If you're thinking of buying a pet, please do read it first. And do consider that giving someone else a dog is often a disaster as it is a present that demands loads of commitment. Every year there are thousands of dogs dumped at shelters a month after Christmas and Chinese New Year. Almost all are impulse buys or unwanted gifts.
If you want to buy a dog for the holidays, buy a cuddly one from a toyshop!
In the meantime, here are some links to more info about basic dog care:
Dog Inoculation Schedule and Information
Are Annual Vaccinations Necessary?
Frontline that kills fleas and ticks.
Heartgard against heartworm and other worms.
People Food That Kills Dogs
About Lonely Dogs
PS I came across this picture in Wikicommons that shows Kevin Reese and his military working dog Grek. I like it because it shows how close dogs and people can be. Reese and Grek are obviously great pals. Pity they're in a warzone though.