Pet for Christmas

Pet for Christmas

CuteDee CuteDee
My bf and I have been talking about getting my mom a dog for Christmas. Hers died a couple of years ago and I think shes a bit lonely. Do you think its a good idea?

Also, if she doesnt like the dog, we will keep it for ourselves. = )
11/30/2011
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Rarity Rarity
Getting pets for people seems like a good idea in theory, but a better idea is for her to pick out a dog for herself. Getting a dog is a big commitment to make so it's best for her to be sure she absolutely adores her companion animal. Some shelters allow gift cards or vouchers to be purchased as gifts so you get to cover the entire adoption fee so that she may go in and choose a pet.

If you're purchasing a dog from a pet shop or from a breeder, I wouldn't know if they do this. You may even decide to make her a little handmade IOU so you can go along with her when she picks out a dog and pay for her instead.
11/30/2011
Ryuson Ryuson
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Originally posted by CuteDee
My bf and I have been talking about getting my mom a dog for Christmas. Hers died a couple of years ago and I think shes a bit lonely. Do you think its a good idea?

Also, if she doesnt like the dog, we will keep it for ourselves. = )
Yes, as long as you're SURE you would be okay keeping it if she doesn't want it!
11/30/2011
LaSchwartz LaSchwartz
That sounds like a really thoughtful gift we got my grandpa a dog a few years back and he loves him. after his wife died he was getting lonely and the dog helped him get though it.
11/30/2011
Pixel Pixel
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Originally posted by Rarity
Getting pets for people seems like a good idea in theory, but a better idea is for her to pick out a dog for herself. Getting a dog is a big commitment to make so it's best for her to be sure she absolutely adores her companion animal. Some ...
I agree with Rarity. This is a big gift, and it is truly hard for an animal to be given back to a shelter or to a new home if it 'doesn't work out'.
12/01/2011
voenne voenne
That's a really risky gift. You have to get a feel for if she wants a pet and has the time for one. Pets are a huge, huge commitment, almost like having a human child. At the same time, it might also be possible that she doesn't want to replace her previous dog.
12/01/2011
Chirple Chirple
I know it would spoil any surprise, but I'd discuss it first.

That way, you can talk about what kind of dog she'd prefer if she'd like or if maybe she'd rather keep another kind of pet.

My main worry is the time-consuming aspect - you'd have to talk about what she has the time for.
12/01/2011
AndroAngel AndroAngel
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Originally posted by Rarity
Getting pets for people seems like a good idea in theory, but a better idea is for her to pick out a dog for herself. Getting a dog is a big commitment to make so it's best for her to be sure she absolutely adores her companion animal. Some ...
I agree with this. It isn't even just about breed, animals have personalities, and each person needs to pick their own animal companions. The times I've had dogs chosen for me, they were the worst possible match because the person who picked them chose based on their own preferences in companion. I kept them, but it was an uphill battle to get along with them.

The IOU is a better idea than a gift card, too, because she might not want another dog.
12/01/2011
eeep eeep
I work at a family pet store, and in my experience it is best to have the person pick out their own pet and fall in love with it. Between different genders, breeds, etc. of animals they all have different personalities, and each one is unique. It's best for her to find a good match for her. A lot of people just get the care items to wrap and give them on the holiday and pick out the animal afterwards. One cute thing someone, who was getting a gecko for their brother, did was buy a stuffed animal of it and put a ribbon around that. Then waited for him to figure out why he was getting a stuffed animal of all things.
Plus if she doesn't want a dog, care items or stuffed animals are returnable, pets often are not.
12/01/2011
HannahPanda HannahPanda
That's a great idea. I do like the idea of someone picking their own pet and bonding, but you could possibly take her to the pet store with you and let her pick one out.
12/01/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by Rarity
Getting pets for people seems like a good idea in theory, but a better idea is for her to pick out a dog for herself. Getting a dog is a big commitment to make so it's best for her to be sure she absolutely adores her companion animal. Some ...
I agree 100%!

If you had to get her a pet, get her a cat. Cats rule.

Also, DO NOT wrap it ahead of time!
12/01/2011
zwee75 zwee75
I would never get someone a pet. They need to make that choice themselves. They'll know a pet is right for them when they "click". That's how it was when I got my cat. Ah... love.
12/01/2011
Chirple Chirple
Also, something to consider is that some shelters have special deals for older people. I don't know how old your mom is, but the one I got my second cat (first one, in my avatar, was found outside with fleas and cracked paws, no claws, and no one wanting to claim her) from would do reduced or free to people over 65.

And older animals had a smaller adoption fee.

Older animals can be great since they've already been housebroken / trained. My parents got a puppy last year and were not prepared for how much work it would be. Older animals tend to be more relaxed, too.

Of all the pets I have had, cats are the least work while still being affectionate and cuddly. And if you adopt a cat that's been declawed already (I am not a fan of declawing), there's very, very little chance that furniture will be destroyed (some dogs are fine, some... aren't).

On the other side, walking with a dog might be a good motivation for physical activity and they're much better at learning commands.
12/01/2011
badk1tty badk1tty
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Originally posted by CuteDee
My bf and I have been talking about getting my mom a dog for Christmas. Hers died a couple of years ago and I think shes a bit lonely. Do you think its a good idea?

Also, if she doesnt like the dog, we will keep it for ourselves. = )
I would honestly really suggest not. Buying an animal is a very personal choice. It would be like adopting a child for someone who you think MIGHT like a kid. Even if you KNOW she wants a pet, picking it out for her should be something she does for herself, since everyone is going to bond differently.
12/01/2011
Princess-Kayla ♥ Princess-Kayla ♥
I think it's a good idea. You could maybe take her to a local shelter or something. Let her pick out the dog she wants.
12/03/2011
Eucaly Eucaly
Animal rights organizations advise against surprise pets, because it leads to far too many unwanted situations.

A non-surprise gift that's discussed gets around this issue.
12/03/2011
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