Should I get a pet?
If you are considering adopting a pet for whatever reason, you’ve come to the right place! However take a moment to consider that you are committing to this animal for the duration of it’s life. You will need to provide training, a loving nurturing environment, exercise (on a daily basis), food, water, veterinary care, toys, treats etc. for up years and years. Consider that parrots and tortoises can live up to 80 years! Cats and dogs can live as long as 18-20 years if cared for properly (depending on the breed.) And horses can live well beyond age 30!
So you’re ready to adopt a pet, but is a dog right for you?
There are many things to consider before committing to a dog.
As stated above your new friend could live as long as 18 years. Are you ready to commit to loving, owning, and caring for a dog until death do you part? If so, you will need a back up plan (godparents if you will) in case something were to ever happen to you and your spouse.
Dogs communicate much differently than people. Are you willing to learn how dogs communicate, either by research or consulting a professional who does?
Dogs need exercise daily in order to live a happy and fulfilled life. Will you have time in your day to take your dog for a walk, to the park to play ball, or to the lake to swim etc?
If your dog isn’t adequately exercised, he/she very well could destroy your yard, sofa or favorite pair of shoes!
Then there is deciding what breed, age and gender you are interested in adopting.
Do a quick google search for the breeds you are interested in. Does what is described fit in to your lifestyle? For example, if you live a more laid back life and mostly hang out at home a Border Collie or Labrador retriever may not be for you. Search for a more low energy breed that would fit better with your lifestyle.
Are you looking for a younger or an older dog?
Puppies are a lot of fun, and adorable! But they are also like tiny toddlers covered in fur. They will need constant supervision for the first year of their lives, so plan on having puppy sitters and a lot of free time! They will also need vaccinations and a spay/neuter so be sure to budget that in as well!
Adult dogs, are generally a lot more calm and trustworthy in your home than puppies. The dogs here at Valhalla have been personality tested, so you know exactly what you’re in for. They are also UTD on vaccinations, spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and have had basic health exams and training!