‘Tis The Season To Be…
December 19, 2011 § 21 Comments
As the festive season approaches and the last-minute Christmas shopping rush begins, let us be reminded that pets may not necessarily make the best gift ideas. Our blogging buddy, Barb from Passionate About Pets, wrote a convincing post listing 5 good reasons not to buy a pet at this time of the year. It’s easy to understand how children (and adults alike) can be easily captivated by the cuteness and innocence of a puppy—I should know, I used to long for a puppy during my childhood years and hoped that Santa would bring me a furball on Christmas day. Fortunately, my parents knew better because my motivation to get a puppy eventually waned as I grew older and my interests moved on to more important things… like sleepover parties, make-up, and boys!
And, so, it wasn’t until adulthood that MM and I agreed to add a little companion to our nest of two. As the story goes, one year ago, Lil’ Miss Maple was formerly known as Lola and lived in a nice comfortable home with her previous family. But, because her former momsy and popsy were so busy taking care of their own little ones—two young toddlers—they hardly had time for Lola. As a result, Lola developed some behavioural issues that made life a bit more complicated for her family. So, Lola was put up for adoption. As luck would have it, Lola (Maple) found a new home in ours.
The moral of the story is: pets are a huge commitment. Some children may be too young to understand, or be willing to accept, such a responsibility. Parents, as busy as they already are, have to be positively certain that the needs of a pet can be accommodated and fulfilled despite the family’s hectic schedule. With so much to consider, the holiday season may not be the best time to contemplate adding a pet to the family—especially when consecutive days of feasting on good food and wine may cloud our judgment 😉
But, what can you do when you have a dog-loving child who is persistent about being close to the four-leggers? MM and I have a niece who falls into this category. This year, we thought we would introduce the concept of adoption to our niece by giving her a homemade Christmas gift voucher that would entitle her to sponsor a shelter dog for a year. Here is a sneak peek of the voucher—ssshhh… it’s a secret!
Gentle Paws is one of many local dog shelters in Singapore—their Sponsor-A-Dog program allows members of the public to sponsor a dog on a monthly basis. The donor can visit his/her sponsored dog any time at the shelter, as well as receive updates on the dog’s well-being and adoption status. We hope exposing our niece to this meaningful cause will not only feed her appetite to be close to dogs, but also foster a sense of compassion and awareness for rescue dogs.
Last, but certainly not least, we were pleased to receive a blog post request from The Shelter Pet Project (TSPP) campaign—a collaborative partnership between The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund, and The Ad Council—that connects potential adopters with shelter dogs across the US. If you wish to learn more about TSPP or help promote greater awareness about pet adoption, you can connect with TSPP via Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
Here is a delightful and funny public service ad campaign for TSPP. Do check it out and share with all your friends!