Choosing a Dog Or Cat

Whether you’re adopting from a rescue/shelter or purchasing your pet from a breeder, it’s important to ask yourself exactly what you’re looking for in a companion, as well as what you’re willing to give of yourself!  Do you need a pet that likes children? Do you have the time and energy to meet exercise and grooming needs? Are you looking for a hiking partner? A sofa snuggler? An independent loner?  Is this your first pet, or are you an experienced trainer?

There’s a cat or dog for nearly everyone, but each breed has its own personality traits and quirks, health issues, energy level, etc.  Puppies and kittens are great fun, but rescues and senior pets come with their own gifts, and disabled animals can teach all of us a thing or two about being “differently able.” Rather than letting your heart fall for an adorable face, please take the time to research your choice, ask lots of questions, and be honest with yourself about your wants and needs.  When you bring home a pet, it should be a lifetime commitment, and one that makes BOTH of you happy!

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Choosing a Dog

Choosing a Cat