an­i­mal magic

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Dr Anne Fawcett is a lec­turer in ve­teri­nary sci­ence at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney and a vet at Syd­ney An­i­mal Hos­pi­tals In­ner West. Read her blog: smal­l­an­i­maltalk.com

IT’S one thing for some­one to say “I would LOVE a puppy” and quite another for that per­son to make room in their life for a puppy.

It is a pe­cu­liar quirk of hu­man be­hav­iour that we make state­ments like “I want that dog so much”, even when right now we’re not ready to meet the needs of another species.

So learnt one of our clients last week when he lov­ingly pur­chased a puppy for his part­ner. She may have wanted a puppy, but the breed and size of the dog was not suited to her at all. The ven­dor would not take the dog back, leav­ing the cou­ple in the dif­fi­cult po­si­tion of need­ing to re­home the dog. Ev­ery­one in­volved felt ter­ri­ble, and the puppy was con­fused.

A puppy is a crea­ture with a full life ahead of it and, to en­sure that’s a good life, we need to plan. What breed and size most suits my life­style?

Can I in­vest time in obe­di­ence and train­ing? Who will care for my puppy when I travel? Can I af­ford rou­tine care, food and ve­teri­nary fees?

The per­son who will be car­ing for the puppy should choose that puppy. Oth­er­wise that per­son may not bond with the an­i­mal. Think about it: we would never give some­one a “sur­prise” baby.

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