The week after Christmas, the dog park was overrun with puppies.
I asked Rufus, the mayor of our park, why suddenly there were so many puppies. He said they probably were Christmas gifts.
For days the thought of excited children and family members finding one of these adorable pups under their Christmas tree made me feel all warm and gushy.
A few weeks later, I noticed there were fewer puppies at the park. When I mentioned it to Rufus, he said the humans probably gave them away, sold them on the internet, or took them to a shelter.
Frankie, why would the humans do this? Please tell me he is wrong.
I’m sorry to tell you that Rufus is telling it like it is.
Every year there are stories about Christmas puppies being surrendered by the humans after the holidays.
You see, anyone can buy and give a puppy as a gift. In some instances, the recipient of the gift may not have any idea about the amount of care and attention puppies require.
When the reality of walking, feeding, training, and cleaning up hits home, some are not willing to do it, and others are not up to the task. So as heartbreaking as these surrenders are, it is the best option for these puppies to find a family that will care for them and provide them with a forever home.
Let’s hope that they do.
© 2022 Geneva Woodruff
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