Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Very Merry Christmas

The Royal House of Hagg would like to extend our warmest wishes and heartfelt joy in this beautiful Christmas season to all of you who make our lives richer by reading our blog.  We are glad to be able to share our lives with you and our fondest hope is that you can glean valuable information on how to raise a happy and healthy dog in this hectic world.  If you are thinking of bringing a new dog home for the holidays, please be sure to pick a dog based on temperament and personality and not on 'looks'.  Remember that any breed of dog can be a GREAT family dog provided you choose wisely.  The dog needs a family that it's personality can 'fit' into.  (Just like finding a good job--you have to fit)!  Be sure to look deeply and honestly into your  lifestyle and choose a dog who will be a great fit.  If you never get off the sofa, don't bring a Boxer home.  While we LOVE sofas, we need to have a lot of exercise first.  Do some real research -- and be honest!  Some dogs have higher energy levels than others.  And while each breed has certain similarities, every dog has it's own energy level and it's own personality.  The more effort you put into choosing the right dog for your family, the happier all of you will be and the easier it will be for your new dog to assimilate into it's new pack.

Also, a lot of ads are on TV right now asking for donations while they really tug at your heartstrings.  Please!  If you feel inclined to donate, do so locally.  In this way, you can see where your money is being used.  Always check out the rating of the charity you are giving to.  You want your money to help the animals and not the people running the organization.   And if you choose to adopt a beautiful pet for your family, consider going to your local shelter.  Make sure you are able to assess the energy level and personality before bringing them home.  There are so many wonderful animals just waiting for the right family or person to come along and give them a chance.  Many of these dogs end up in shelters simply because the original family were not honest about their lifestyle and they chose the wrong dog.  This doesn't mean that the dog was a bad dog.  It only means that the humans didn't do their due diligence.   And lastly, please be prepared to train your dog and read some books on dogs, yourself.  We are animals living in a human world which we are very willing to do.  It is your responsibility to give us what WE need to live in and to understand your environment.  Please accept our  many thanks for your continued support of our blog.  May you each have a wonderful and very Merry Christmas and much Peace and Happiness in the New Year!

House of Hagg
Nessie the Monster, Duchess of Hagg;  CGC
Lord Malcolm and Lady McKenzie, Chamberlains to the Duchess of Hagg;  CGCs

"Oh dear!  I winked!  Take another picture"!

"Much better.  Thank you.  And a very merry Christmas to one and all"!
"That danged woman put a Naughty Hat on my Royal Head"!
"Oh.  Be quiet, both of you!  Can we never have a dignified picture?  I sometimes wish I would never have hired you Chamberlains"!

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