Things to Think About
Before looking at these pictures and falling in love with the way a dog looks, we strongly urge everyone to just take your time and have a serious think! Dogs are a life long commitment and the decision to get one should not be made lightly.
Have you thought about:
The expense of getting a dog? This could be the cost of food, vets bills and/or insurance, routine vaccinations, worming, flea treatment, toys, leads, kennel bills etc
Work commitments? What will you do if your working hours increase?
Family commitments? What if you extend your family? Will you still have time for a dog?
Training? Are you prepared to put the time and effort into training and socialisation so the dog doesn't become unruly and then he/she ends up back in rescue because they're too much to cope with?
Holidays? Where will the dog go and have you considered the cost involved?
Illness? If you become ill and can no longer walk the dog, what happens?
All of the above are very serious questions and are excuses we hear on a regular basis for people wanting to surrender their dog to rescue. We urge people to have provisions in place to cover every eventuality.