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Pets enrich our lives in so many ways. We naturally seek out their loyal nature and unconditional companionship. They remind us to enjoy the simple pleasures in life and to live in the moment. Bringing a pet into your life is a privilege as much as it is a joy. But, being a great pet parent is not without responsibilities.
Research breeds: It’s easy to see a cute puppy up for adoption and make an impulsive decision. But putting in the time and effort to research which breeds best suite your lifestyle will better benefit everyone. It’s important to have realistic expectations for the breed you select. If you’re looking for a jogging partner with lots of energy to burn and you end up selecting a breed more suited for being a couch potato, or vice versa, you may be disappointed in the long run. Some breeds can be pretty high maintenance when it comes to grooming. If you simply don’t have the time or budget for a pet that requires frequent grooming then perhaps it’s not the best choice for you.
Acknowledge owning a pet is an investment of time & money: Pets are great fun but they do require a lot of work. They also thrive on our attention and affection. If your schedule simply doesn’t allow you to be home enough to care for a pet you might want to reconsider. Pets also need proper nutrition, medical care, training/socialization and grooming. None of this is cheap. Look over your budget and consider your new pet’s costs. If you simply can’t afford proper care for a new pet, you aren’t doing yourself or the animal any favors by bringing it home.
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