a pet can be exciting and rewarding. However, if you are not prepared and
make a poor choice, the situation may be much more problematic than enjoyable.
Returning a pet is often not a viable option so. Thus, make sure you choose
wisely and are ready for the responsibility. Before bringing home your
new "family member" consider at least the following. Where you live and
whom you live with. Discuss your new pet with everyone at home, especially
children. Let everyone have input into what pet you choose. Be aware if
anyone has allergies, and how they will be affected. Prepare for the impact
an animal will have on your family. If you have children there are a number
of considerations. A very large dog may be too big for your child, and
your child may be too big for a very small dog or cat. Situations can occur
between puppies and children due to accidental behaviors by either party.
Tail or fur pulling, or play biting are rarely intended to be harmful,
but can cause grief nonetheless. Make sure the size and activity level
of your pet is appropriate for your living situation. An energetic puppy
can be overwhelming especially if you live in a small apartment, or lack
an area where he can exercise. Realize the commitment of time and money.
Pets need care and attention, not just food and water. Schedule time for
your pet. With a little planning potential problems can be avoided so that
pet adoption may be a fun and rewarding experience.