Should you give pets as presents?

07 July 2019 | Life Style

Many people choose to give pets as gifts as an expression of love for a partner. But, owning a pet is for life and not just for a special occasion.

“I would encourage gift givers to avoid purchasing pets as gifts unless they are sure that the recipient is willing and able to take care of the pet,” says Adrian Goslett of RE/MAX Southern Africa. “They should also carefully consider whether the recipient has the space to accommodate a furry friend – especially if they're living in a sectional title, as these kinds of complexes usually have strict rules against pets”

Below are a few more factors he advises you consider before you string a bow on some puppy's head:

• Do they have outdoor space?

If the recipient of your gift has expressed a desire to own a pet, they don't necessarily need to have a large garden. However, if they don't, then you should consider smaller breeds that need less exercise. The recipient will need to have a small outdoor space either on the property or nearby in the form of a park or communal outdoor space where they can take the dog out for walks and some fresh air.

• Do they have the time?

Gifting a person with a puppy is a lot like gifting them with a new born baby. Make sure that the recipient has the time to puppy-train and look after the pet when it's grown. If the recipient travels frequently, then find out if they live near pet-sitting services. Otherwise, be prepared to volunteer your own services for when they are away.

• Do they have the cash?

Owning a pet is expensive. Pet food alone can add hundreds of dollars to your grocery bill. Make sure that the recipient can afford the commitment. Pets can also be destructive and messy. Make sure the recipient isn't the type who spent a fortune decorating their home and would hate to see paw prints and bite marks on their custom-made leather sofas.

“It can be incredibly traumatic for a pet to be plucked from home to home, so if you do decide to give pets as a present, just be sure that the recipient is on board with the idea,” Goslett concludes.

Similar News

 

Create your ultimate home theatre

4 days ago - 06 August 2020 | Life Style

Lockdown has caused the re-emergence of drive-in cinemas and increased the demand for at-home theatres.According to Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of...

Buying a house on a single income?

5 days ago - 05 August 2020 | Life Style

While many might think it impossible to purchase real estate on a single income, Lightstone Property reports that single females make up the largest portion...

What happens when your landlord wants to sell?

1 week ago - 28 July 2020 | Life Style

The current strain on household incomes as a result of the lockdown has led some landlords to making the decision to cash in on their...

Protect your home from damage this winter

2 weeks ago - 21 July 2020 | Life Style

Winter is in full force and homeowners should take caution to ensure their home is weather-tight to avoid any damage that could occur owing to...

How a sole mandate helps you sell in a...

3 weeks ago - 20 July 2020 | Life Style

In a buyer’s market, sellers will need to use any advantage they can so that their home stands out among the crowd.One such advantage is...

Branded appliances? Think twice

3 weeks ago - 16 July 2020 | Life Style

The temptation to purchase name brand appliances is undeniable. While some might purchase for status, others just genuinely love the style of the brand or...

Staging your home to sell

1 month - 17 June 2020 | Life Style

Given the current unique circumstances, it is understandable that activity within the housing market will be slow at best.Yet, the need to buy real estate...

Post-lockdown buyers looking for these features

2 months ago - 01 June 2020 | Life Style

Shaken by the effects of Covid-19, the world is going to be a very different place long after we emerge from the lockdown. The way...

Good night, sleep tight

3 months ago - 30 April 2020 | Life Style

Windhoek · [email protected]’s every (new) mom’s worst nightmare. A little one that refuses to sleep. And if this sounds familiar, then don’t miss the online...

Upgrading security for a freestanding property

3 months ago - 16 April 2020 | Life Style

Namibians are security-conscious people. That’s why many prefer living in security complexes and gated communities because of the additional feeling of safety these homes provide....

Latest News

Windhoek entrepreneurs sharpen their business...

9 hours ago | Business

The City of Windhoek (CoW) in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender and Child Welfare recently hosted an “Improve your business” training workshop with 26...

Highs and lows – goals...

10 hours ago | Sports

The MTC HopSol Soccer Youth League continued its exciting restart with several high scoring matches over the weekend at the Deutscher Turn und Sportverein (DTS),...

The benefits of home ownership

11 hours ago | Opinion

Windhoek • Loide DavidWhen is the best time to purchase a home? Early in our career or when your finances stabilise? What are the benefits...

Keep the kids moving

13 hours ago | Opinion

Windhoek • Ayesha WentworthRunning, jumping and any form of exercise is a gateway to a healthy life for children of all ages, just as a...

Miller thrilled about Olympics selection

13 hours ago | Sports

Being selected by the Namibia Cycling Federation (NFC) to represent Namibia at the 2021 Olympic Games is a dream come true, national Mountain Bike (MTB)...

NUST’s Masake joins ICC investigators

15 hours ago | People

Dr Pilisano Masake, a lecturer and Deputy Head of Department: Social Sciences, in the Faculty of Human Sciences at the Namibia University of Science and...

Computers for Olaf Palme PS

15 hours ago | Education

The Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung’s media project, Fesmedia Africa, handed over four computers to the Olaf Palme Primary School in Goreangab in the capital last week.Fesmedia Africa...

Nakale fun run a success

16 hours ago | Sports

The seventh event in the annual Tangeni Nakale Athletics Kids Fun Run was hailed a success on Saturday morning after more than 85 kids participated.The...

‘Keep kids off the streets’...

3 days ago - 07 August 2020 | Accidents

The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) has urged parents and guardians to encourage their children to stay at home and off the streets while face-to-face...

Load More