A new pet is on many people's wish list during the holidays. Who doesn't want to see the joy on someone's face when they get those puppy kisses and kitten snuggles? Before you do, make sure that you are in it for the long haul. The holidays are a busy time of year, and it is important to have time for everything that a new pet brings(training, getting a routine, and learning who is family and who is a visitor) So many pets are waiting for their perfect home, but take the time to know if that pet is right for you and your family. Consider an older pet. Consider adopting from a shelter or rescue. Make sure that you know the temperament and size of the breed you choose, and whether they get along with your children and other pets. A great idea is to visit a local shelter. This time of year is also a great time to clear your closets and shelves of any blankets and towels that you want to dispose of, and donate them to animal shelters, where they are always needed. Many of the shelters and rescues are in dire need of these items, and appreciate the things that you may be looking to get rid of. Remember to take the time and see if it is a right fit for you- and once you decide, enjoy every snuggle and smooch from the fur baby! Happy cuddling!