How to Say No to Buying a Puppy this Christmas (or Hanukkah!)

How to say no Miami

How to Say No to Buying Puppy for Christmas or Hanukkah

Your children have been begging for a puppy for months, maybe years, and they’re like bloodhounds on a scent as December 16 or 25 approach. Is this the year you bring home a new puppy? Some of our clients have trouble saying no to a puppy for the holidays even though they are almost certain they have enough on their hands with their families and current pets. Perhaps an adult dog is better suited to the family dynamic, but the kids are focused on the puppy in the window. This blog post is for those parents, soft-hearted souls who need a little help convincing their kids that a puppy is not right for them at the moment.

Is a puppy, an adult dog, or neither right for you?

A puppy is very much like a newborn child. Puppies are completely dependent on you for food, potty training, medical care, love, and proper socialization with humans and other dogs, all of which are very time-consuming. If you have a dog in the house already, introducing a new puppy to an older dog can be challenging as well and requires planning. There are also the added investments of the right kinds of toys, emergency veterinarian visits, professional training, and grooming. Puppies are hard work, which is why we offer a puppy potty training service and special puppy visits.

We typically don’t recommend buying a puppy; we are staunch believers in adoption over shopping. There are way too many dogs languishing and dying in shelters around our country to merit a purchase from a puppy store. Of course, some of you have a love for a certain breed and are within your right to bring that kind of dog home. We’re happy to say our clients with purebred dogs do their homework and bring home their new family members from reputable, caring breeders. Their dogs are wonderful, healthy, and loved. But not every breeder is like that. Luckily, there are many breed-specific dog rescues (Boxers, Bullies, English Bulldogs, Dachshunds, Yorkies) that can fulfill your need for that special breed without supporting the terrible puppy mill system (online or at one of Miami’s ill-reputed puppy stores).

If you have decided that a new puppy is not the right addition for your family life for the moment, congratulations! We know how hard it is to say no to tiny, cute, soft fur babies. Here are some ways to break the news to your children this year depending on your situation, their age, and maturity level.

If you absolutely don’t want a puppy this year:

  1. Santa wants us to help all the hundreds of dogs without homes at the shelter, so we’re donating to Miami-Dade Animal Services this year.
  2. The puppy you want comes from a sad place. Buying that puppy will keep those bad people in business.
  3. We have too many fun events planned this year and we wouldn’t want to leave the puppy out of them. Let’s wait until we have less going on.
  4. Having a new puppy is like having a new child. We don’t have time to take care of him/her the way he deserves to be loved.

If you do want a dog this year, but not a puppy, you have a few good options.

  1. We can’t have a puppy right now, but we can foster different kinds of dogs until we find the right one for us. That way we help these pups who need a home and we get to know which kind of dog we like!
  2. Santa has different plans for our family. We’re going to help one of the needy dogs from a rescue this year. Let’s look online to see who we want to bring home!

We hope this helps. Let us know if you do end up fostering a dog or taking adopting one. Remember, dogs are not presents. They’re family, and their arrival is as beautiful and full of responsibilities as a new baby would be to your pack!




Join Us: Run FUR Fun 5K Benefiting Paws4You Rescue!

Palmetto Bay pet friendly fundraiser for Paws4You

We are absolutely thrilled to be a Top Dog Sponsor for Paws 4 You Rescue‘s first ever RUN FUR FUN! The hard-working team at Paws 4 You has joined with animal lovers in Miami to present a dog-friendly 5K benefiting the lucky dogs they take in from Miami-Dade Animal Services. Not only will this raise money for these precious dogs… participants can also run WITH their pups- which we love! This 5K is less than two weeks away, and we’re going to be there! Will you join us? Let’s save homeless pets together while having fun! REGISTER NOW!

The Details for Paws 4 You Rescue’s Run Fur Fun:

The Run Fur Fun 5K is a rain or shine event! Everyone attending can enjoy pet vendors, delicious food, and meet dogs from Paws 4 You which are ready for their forever homes! While there, you have the option of completing a 5K run or walk, or a 1-mile run or walk on a paved trail.

We’re SO excited because dogs are welcome! Please make sure that they are on lead at all times. They must also be well-socialized and up-to-date on all vaccinations. Picking up doggy “doo” is a must! Don’t have a pup? No worries! Paws 4 You has thought of everything- just visit the “Rent-a-Dog” booth!

Palmetto Bay dog friendly event

Details from the Paws4You website as follows:

9:00am on Saturday, April 5, 2014
Registration begins at 7:00am

Palmetto Bay Village Center
18001 Old Cutler Road
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157

Advance registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 5-12 online ($35 and $25 on the day of).

Registered students will receive 4 service hours (signed letter provided at event).
Each participant will receive a “doggy bag” with a T-shirt and bandanna while supplies last.
Register now:  Students who register will receive 4 service hours. Register now to run or walk and save $10.

EARLY PACKET PICKUP: If you have already registered, you may pick up your packet before the race at the following locations with your payment confirmation. Packets include your bib number, t-shirt, dog bandanna, and doggy bag (goody bag!).

1. Thursday April 3 (11am-8pm)
Your Pet’s Best
8425 SW 132nd Street
Miami, FL 33156

2. Friday April 4 (12pm-6pm)
Sole Runners
11650 N Kendall Drive
Miami, FL 33176

Will we see you there? Pass by our booth to chat with our pet sitters, or visit the many other pawsome vendors and dog caretakers that make up our amazing, animal-loving community, such as Fuji and Friends, Applause Your Paws, MaxNorman Pet Photography, and the Dog Dude Ranch. We can’t wait for the amazing turnout that’s sure to come. This is Miami/Dog history in the making… let’s get out there and run for the dogs- REGISTER TODAY! Contact 305-332-9022 or for more information about participating, getting a booth, and sponsoring.


Save a Stray Dog in Miami this Holiday!

Save the Stray Foundation Miami

Support Miami’s Stray Dogs on December 12, 2013!

We’re very excited to be supporting the Save the Strays Foundation for the second time this year, and just in time for the holidays. The Save the Strays Foundation is hosting its Adoption Event and Social Hour from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, December 12, at the Downtown Athletic Center on Biscayne Boulevard.
This animal rescue is very close to our hearts. Carolina Gallina, Vice President of Save the Strays, was the mother to Viva, one of our beloved clients who died recently (pictured). Viva was a very special pup- she was missing a part of her back paw, but full of life and love. Carolina took such loving care of her; we know that this foundation shows same care and respect for animals that she did for her little girl.
The Save the Strays Foundation Mission is beautiful:

“Inspired by our love and concern for neglected domestic and farm animals, Save The Strays Foundation provides funding for veterinary care, home placement, and community education on animal welfare. We also provide assistance and financial support to organizations that rescue stray animals”.

At a glance:

What: Save the Strays Foundation Adoption Event & Social Hour:

When: December 12, 2013, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Where: Downtown Athletic Center 200 S.Biscayne Blvd, Suite 15A, Miami, FL 33131

Free 2 hour validated parking in the Southeast Financial Center garage.

Please e-mail: for more information.

Join Save the Strays Foundation in Downtown Miami on December 12