When I anticipated getting a new puppy, I had visions of a cute puppy cuddling next to me, punctuated by times (of my convenience) when we would play puppy games. 15 minutes later, new puppy would commence quietly chewing a chew toy, allowing me to return to my Breaking Bad Marathon. This was an obviously mistaken and naive notion. Puppies take a tremendous amount of time and patience. Their inherent cuteness is the only thing that keeps them around sometimes.
According to reports obtained via FOIA, 36% of the unwanted dogs euthanized in Chicago were owner surrender in 2012. Additionally, the number one reason given in this study for owners' surrendering their dogs is due to insufficient time for a dog. A tremendous number of dogs are euthanized every year, simply because owners were ill-equipped to handle the demands of a new puppy or dog.
I get it. When I brought home my new puppy in 2010, I remember thinking: "WOW! What have I gotten myself into." A couple of months later, with tears in her eyes, my wife said, "I've got to get away from that dog." A night out on the town and me taking the burden of caring for pup for a while, and things got better.
The late Gene Hill wrote: "Whoever said you can't buy Happiness forgot little puppies." This is true and puppies are wonderful. But, if you don't know what you are in for, you will be in for a rude awakening. I don't want to see any more dogs surrendered because of a lack of planning. With that, here is what I wish I had known ahead of time.
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