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I’ve had my share of pets growing up. There was a beagle named Patches, a mixed breed/mutt named Snuggles, and even a very brief stint with a kitten that wasn’t around long enough to be named. Having had my own experiences with pets as a child, I wanted my kids to also see first hand the joys and stresses that come along with being a pet owner.

Our first dog got very sick and had to be taken back to the humane society where we purchased him. Ever since then, I’ve managed to skate around the dog issue with some very valid points as to why now is just not a good time.

We’re not home enough, we don’t have a fence at our house, the kids don’t clean up without being asked.

I could on and on about all the things I consider when I’m mulling over my finial decision. Why am I so afraid to bite the bullet and go shopping for a new rover? If my memory serves me right, the responsibility involved with being a pet owner can be as taxing as having a newborn in the house. I want to make sure we will have all hands on deck to give the dog the care it needs and deserves.. Here are some things you may want to consider when purchasing a dog for the family:

Make sure you aren’t making an impulsive decision when you consider buying a pet. It’s a long term commitment and you should treat it as such.

Take the time to research the best match for your family. Selecting the proper breed saves time, money, and heartache.

Where do you plan to purchase your new pup? The options are vast, as you can go the Humane Society route, contact a breeder, or visit a pet store (exercise caution when going the pet store route – be sure you’re inviting a healthy pet into the family).

Words By: Sid Powell

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