“To Puppy or Not to Puppy – THAT is the Question” by LIZ SENIFF


As a CPR volunteer, one of the first questions I ask potential adopters at an event is “What kind of dog are you looking for?” And while there is always a lot of interest in our puppies – the good news is CPR has a wide variety of dogs to choose from depending on what’s most important to you. Puppies are undeniably adorable, but need a LOT of care and attention.  Here’s a quick guide to things to consider when choosing your newest family member!


Do you have a flexible schedule, work full-time, or have a long commute? Do you have a lot of free time outside of work? Some of these questions can help you decide whether you’re prepared for the many hours (and maybe some sleepless nights) of training. House-training alone will take on average 4-6 months and in some cases even up to a year even with the best consistency and patience. Beyond that, there’s other training required to raise a happy, healthy pup – leash, obedience, socialization and more.


Often our rescue pups are a mix of an unknown breeds – so we can’t accurately know exactly how big they may get or how much they’ll weigh! If you’re concerned about making sure you have a pup that is not too big or too small (perhaps due to children, elderly family, or apartment restrictions), having a dog matured enough to be full-grown may be the best bet for you. Also, consider how much you travel. Many airlines allow pets to fly with you if they can fit in a carrier below your feet!


Owning a dog for the first time can be overwhelming! If you’re unsure of what to expect, having a full-grown dog can give you a much better idea of what to expect. In many instances, we’ve done the work for you – you’ll likely know whether the dog likes swimming, hanging out with children, eating by themselves, getting up early for a run or sleeping away the day on your couch.  Our network of foster parents thoroughly temperament-test each pup coming to our rescue!


Take some time to consider the expense associated with owning any pet. The cost goes beyond a bed, collar and food.  Studies report on average a puppy will cost about $1,200 the first year and about $500 a year thereafter.

No matter what you may decide, CPR’s wonderful network of volunteers and resources are here to assist you every step of the way. We can’t wait for you and your new pup to become part of our fur-ever family network too!