Thursday, December 20, 2012

Hops in the Right Direction: Home for More Than Just the Holidays

You know what makes a great gift?  A Tamagotchi.  Not the little keychain bit, because I'm pretty sure all of those are stuck in a time loop in the 90's.  But apparently there's an app for that.

You know what doesn't make a great gift?  A puppy. 

A dog is a joy to be sure, but it is also a responsibility, a creature that will depend on you for everything for the rest of its life.  And you owe it to the dog to be certain its owner is going to be able to provide for it.  If you've already come to the conclusion that your family is ready for a dog, and now is a great time to get one, that's fantastic.  Adopt a dog.  Give that dog the gift of life.

But I have serious issues with a dog being a gift, particularly for children.  It's not a commodity; it's a life.  And tying a bow around its neck and bringing it out Christmas morning doesn't help children learn the importance and fragility of that life.  But taking a child to a shelter, explaining how and why the pets end up there, and what can happen to them if they don't find homes--that might not be as fun as a wriggling puppy Christmas morning, but it will have more resonance.


(True:  You still have time to request your Possum Pinups calendar!)


  1. I couldn't agree more! It's like giving baby chicks and ducklings for Easter!

    And I'm a bad Bubbe :(. I haven't had time to track down a local pet shelter I can help. I'm contributing to a food bank locally though. I remember getting a holiday food basket when my girls were small and we were in bad shape. It was a lifesaver and I like to pay that forward, especially at this time of the year.

    1. Good enough for me! (We here at Five Legs Between Us happen to like people quite a bit, too.) Email me a shipping address!