Dogs are family too!

Christmas is just around the corner.

I know that sounds a bit ridiculous, but it will be here before we know it.

One of the things that often happens around Christmas time is that animals are dropped off at the SPCA.

That is bad enough, but you know some awful people dump their dogs on the side of the road.

I can’t even bear to think about what that poor animal must go through – having their family just open the door, chuck them out and drive off.

It’s such despicable behaviour.

Dogs are incredibly loyal, loving creatures.

They would literally give their lives to protect their humans, and yet people continue to treat them in horrible ways.

You would not lock your child outside, or tie them up in the backyard all day – would you?

Why do it to your furry family?

Actually – it’s illegal to have a dog tied up in a yard.

If you know of anybody who does this, please call your local SPCA so they can come and investigate.

If you know you are going away this holiday season, make a plan with your animals, please.

A nice plan!

If you can’t take them on holiday with you, then book them into the kennels.

This does not mean just rocking up at your local place and expecting them to have space for your furry family either.

It means you need to book well in advance.

If you are like my friend Ginny, then she goes and does a site inspection to make darn sure that her critters are going to be looked after properly.

Of course, kennels cost money, so if you are spending all yours on your holiday, then please make sure that you organise a trustworthy friend of yours to either babysit your house and your animals, or that they pop-in daily, or preferably twice daily, to feed your creatures and check that they have plenty of water.

Remember it’s hot around Christmas time.

Ideally you’d also like them to spend time talking to and walking your dog.

Trustworthy is the keyword here. No point in asking somebody who does not bother to do it.

Nor do you want them trashing your house while you are away either.

Your furry kids are not half as demanding as your real ones – all they really want is food and love. Give it to them, please.

Sibo

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