Pets Take lead in pooch plan
THE average dog owner spends more than $2000 a year on their pooch, and with dogs living up to 15 years their care is a longterm commitment.
The RSPCA has created an online puppy buying guide to help people plan for a pet.
“If people are not prepared for their dog, they can have some real surprises,” RSPCA education officer Kelly Walton says.
“Buying a puppy should not be on an impulse. You need to consider if you have the time for exercise, the financial means, and a safe and secure home.”
Walton suggested doing research to find out what dog breed and age will be the best fit for your family.
“If you have your heart set on buying a specific breed of dog that’s not readily available at the RSPCA or other animal shelters, you need to be very careful you’re not buying into a puppy farm,” she says.
Sue and Vasco Barros recently adopted eight-yearold Gus from the Doggie Rescue shelter in Ingleside.
They spent a year preparing for the arrival of the jack russell-corgi cross.
“We needed to make sure we were ready for a dog in our apartment,” Sue says.
The couple’s move to a smaller home and the death of their elderly dog meant they didn’t want to jump into any decisions before they were ready or able.
“The changes to our strata meant we had to check that we could even have a dog,” Sue says. “We didn’t want to get excited about this new addition and find out it wasn’t possible.”
Once the dog was approved, the couple fenced off their garden and installed a covered shelter.
“We spoke with each other, with the dog shelter and did a lot of internet trawling to find out what dog was suitable for us,” Sue says.
“We decided on an older dog because we wanted to give a dog a chance in their twilight years. All our planning paid off. Gus is a perfect match for us.” Visit: rspcapuppyguide. com.au
Sue and Vasco Barros with their new family member, Gus. Picture: Adam Ward