With Christmas on the horizon it is my hope that every dog gets his or her chance to live out his or her days in a nurturing and stable home but it is also my hope that decisions to adopt are taken very seriously. Fighting the temptation to adopt a shelter dog without thinking it through is difficult especially when you think you could be his or her only hope (and you might be!).
Before filling out adoption papers my advice is to go home, take a deep breath, weigh the pros and cons, and review this "Are you ready to get a dog?" checklist! If you are still convinced that that dog is THE ONE my next suggestion would be to bring your family members INCLUDING your other dog with you to ensure a proper fit and then by all means ADOPT!
Please pass this post along to anyone you know who wants to adopt a dog this Christmas!
Remember, a dog is for life, not just for Christmas!