Posting this because of my recent reblog talking about the importance of realizing what getting a new puppy/pet means.

Many of you know I have a Husky named Malcolm. And you know he’s a handsome little bastard, with two different colored eyes, and well behaved with our little munchkin cat Zoe. What I feel many don’t know is that Malcolm being the amazing dog he is today was a lot of work.

Loads of people ask Renee and I if they should get a Husky or a dog. What I want them and you all to know is that getting a pet is a life-changing big responsibility. They’re cute, cuddly, and adorable….but more than anything….they need you to be there for them, and not when it’s just convenient. Their whole world is you, and yours should be theirs especially in the puppy years (though I still maintain all dogs are puppies). Their going to shit and pee everywhere on things you love. They’ll chew things up and not realize the significance of what they’ve destroyed. They will test you and your dominance (especially true with huskies). It takes strong will, lots of love, and a whole lot of patience to raise a puppy into a wonderful dog.

It breaks my heart to think of beautiful dogs getting adopted or bought, all with the potential to be amazing companions, and then they’re discarded to uncertain futures because they were too much for their owners and weren’t what was expected. Malcolm is absolutely everything I ever could ask for in a dog. He’s my furry little buddy, and I knew that he’d be a whole lot of work and responsibility from previous experiences with raising my families current dog (Bullsye). I suppose what I want anyone to take away from reading this, especially those looking to get a pet, is to know what you’re planning to undertake. Having dogs/pets in general is an incredibly amazing and fulfilling experience…but it’s also a large commitment on your part. If you think you may not be ready for it, perhaps give it some time before going out and getting one. And if you feel you are, know most puppies/cats are little punks while their young and they might test you to the breaking point, but with hard work, patience, and lots of love they get better. Any dog/pet can be shaped and molded into a great friend and companion.