You just don’t know what to get for Uncle Joe this Christmas. You can only buy him so many ties. But, if not a tie, what to buy him? Think about it – what does Uncle Joe really need? What do Uncle Joe and his dog really need?
Now, there’s the key – “…Uncle Joe and his dog …”
What happened the last time you went to visit Uncle Joe? Uncle Joe let you in the house and, immediately, his dog jumped up, virtually knocking you down, while he put his paws on your shoulders and proceeded to lick your face. That wouldn’t be so bad except that you’ve seen some of the other things he licks.
Or maybe, when you arrived at Uncle Joe’s, he opened the door a little while straining to hold the dog back by the collar while it fought to get at you – growling barking and snapping: “Give me a minute to lock this one in the other room.”
Inside, you notice the spots on the rug where Uncle Joe has picked up ‘land mines’ or dried minor floods. You’ve seen the evidence of chewing on the bottoms of chairs. You’ve asked Uncle Joe, “What happened to that lamp you used to have here,” and he explained that the dog got excited when someone else came to visit and went up the couch and over the end table, knocking the lamp to the floor in the process.
You’ve seen the signs that Uncle Joe’s life with his dog is not manageable. In fact, it’s a mess. The chewing of furniture, the broken treasures: those are bad enough. But, God forbid Uncle Joe’s dog doesn’t actually knock someone down or bite someone.
The cost of medical care is bad enough but, if the lawyers get involved, the cost of living with that dog could drive Uncle Joe right into the Poor House.
What can you give Uncle Joe for Christmas? Give him the gift you can also give his dog; give Uncle Joe a certificate for Board & Train lessons at a nearby, and qualified kennel.
With Board & Train, Uncle Joe will drop the dog off for a couple weeks and, when he comes back to pick up the dog, a canine gentle-dog will come home with him. Life will then change for Uncle Joe. Life will also change for his dog. Both will be much happier. And, the cost of dog ownership will decrease significantly.