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The Benefits of Holiday Pet Adoption - Saying Goodbye to Our Dog Zack

Many of you may not know this, but we had to say goodbye to our beloved pug Zack this year. He was adopted by another family about 8 months ago.

a pug dog

It turned out that our Gbaby was seriously allergic to dogs. She would often wheeze after stepping foot into our home. Two of my boys were also allergic, but their reactions were mild and it could controlled with medicine. But when my Gbaby ended up being hospitalized after a trip to Grandma's, I knew the inevitable was coming. 

We would have to say goodbye to Zack.

It was an excruciating process for me because he's such a good dog with so much love to share. I didn't want him to be put down. After asking neighbors and friends I finally came across an agency recommended by the Humane Society, of all places. This was an agency that specialized in finding good homes for pugs.

We met a lady who belonged to a pug owners group and she was able to find him a home in no time.

a pug dog

Look how happy he is!

He couldn't be with a better family! We even have an open adoption and they send me pictures to show us how he's doing. We even got to visit him a few months ago!

During this Christmas season of giving, I would like to encourage you to consider opening your home to a pet this holiday season. Because sometimes, families have to give up their pets for whatever the reason,

a pug dog

The Benefits of Holiday Pet Adoption:

  • General Benefits - There's a reason that they say dog is man's best friend. Having a pet, not limited to dogs, is something that everyone should experience at some point in their life. Pets can be calming, mood lifting, empathetic, and so much more. They teach you how to be selfless and responsible as you are caring over another life (for those of you without children).  Generally speaking, they make you happy. 
  • Stress Reduction - Some studies show that people begin to feel less anxious after spending less than an hour with an animal. There are endless benefits from lowering your stress level and while the things that we find stressful in our lives are often hard to cut out, including an animal in your life can help. 
  • Helps with Depression - In some cases, therapists suggest to patients suffering from depression that they adopt a pet. An animal will love you unconditionally and also be a great friend and listener. People with depression often benefit from having a pet, as the animal can help them get out of the house and out of their own head.
  • Engaged Mind - A key to a healthy mind, especially for those who are elderly, is staying engaged with others. A pet is often a conversation starter and being out with a pet often warrants questions or comments from passersby. Bringing your dog to a dog park is a great way to meet other people with similar interests.
-Courtesy of Pet Expert Erin Askeland

Our adoptive pug family has been a blessing to us. They have taken excellent care of Zack and for that, we will be forever grateful. Consider giving the gift of love to a pet this holiday season.

Have you ever thought of giving a pet for Christmas?


  1. wow so sorry to hear you had to give up Zack but what a good grandmama you are girl. I know it was hard but that is amazing you found a great loving home for your beloved pet. That is fantastic you get to see how he is doing too. Just perfect. Thank you for writing on this topic. When I get back home from up north in late Dec I am considering another adopted pet. or to test the waters and allergys I might be a pet foster mommy first. The adopted pet we have right now is just a little dwarf hamster. He is the cutest. He was unsellable at the pet store due to being injured by his little family. They nursed him back to health for 3 months and didn't know what to do with him cause he was considered defective because of a twitchy eye. They said we can give him to you if you will please adopt him instead. I said sure. I couldn't of imagen something so small could bring us so much joy in our house!

    1. Aw, that is so sweet Suzie! That little guy sounds like he is bringing a lot of smiles to your family.

      Yeah, it was really hard to see him go but he is being well taken care of so I don't feel so bad.

  2. Sorry to hear that you had to give up your dog, I know for some their pets are apart of the family. Happy to hear he got to go to a loving family :) Happy Holidays to you and yours

  3. So sorry to hear you had to give up your dog, but I'm glad he went to good home. We had to give our dog to my MIL when my oldest was small because he was my 'baby' for 6 years before she came along and he was not feeling here. But know that all my girls are getting older, I've been really considering getting a dog via adoption and love pugs.

  4. Awe I'm so sorry you to say goodbye to Zack. It's really great you were able to find him a good new family and that you know he's being taken care of. I agree that opening your home and your heart to a pet can be so rewarding. We adopting a rescue 2 Christmases ago and I can't imagine our life now without him He has brought so much love to our home.

  5. Awww, him so cute! I agree, a holiday pet adoption is a lovely gesture and great gift for a deserving family.

  6. your dog was family, but at least you found him a good home

  7. Awww it's tough getting rid of a pet. You had to do it for good reason though. I have never gifted a pet.

  8. That's sad that you had to give up your dog. But, I'm glad you found a nice family to adopt him. We had dogs in our house growing up. I agree that they keep elderly people engaged. My mom has a dog. It helped her get through the loss of my father and uncle.

    Thanks for sharing your story.

  9. AWWW! I loved this post so much! I'm sorry that you had to give away your fur baby, but I'm so happy that he found a new loving home! What's even better is that you do get to visit! That's awesome! Thanks for sharing this. I never know that places like that existed. I'm going to make sure I pass that info along to my friends who have fur babies for just in case scenarios.

  10. What a lovely family that they even let you visit and send you pictures.

  11. I'm glad you were able to find him a good home. It must be hard to let go of a beloved pet. We haven't done the adoption or even pet ownership yet but my boys are eager to have one.

  12. Oh no! I'm so sorry you had to part ways with your beloved Pug, but thank goodness it's an open adoption. All pets benefit from lots of love. You made the best decision that you could.


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