I don’t see my god-daughter as often as I’d like. She’s the sweetest funniest girl and I wish we lived closer. Luckily for her I am plagued with guilt over how infrequently I see her (and over a few forgotten birthdays). The reason that god-mother guilt is lucky for her is because when I saw her recently I tried to make up for it by giving her an extra special gift PLUS a few bills in the envelope.
We then started talking about Christmas and she showed me a list she’d been working on. Gotta love her organisational skills. I wrote my name down next to one of the entries. Most of them were things I’d heard of before except for one item that said:
Clearly there was a new toy or toiletries range or stationary range or even clothing or shoe range I’d never heard of before. I asked her about it and she laughed when I suggested it might be a clothing range or a brand of fancy ice-creams.
With one last shake of her lovely head she grabbed my phone and typed it in. Then she showed me this.
It turns out that Bichon Frise is a French breed of dog descended from both the spaniel and the poodle. Bichon Frise is French for "curly lap dog" and like all poodles these dogs don't shed, require constant combing and live for 12-13 years of adorableness.
After the words, "I want one", landed in my brain my next thought was, "How much would she love me if I bought her one?!?"
Closely followed by, "Her parents would kill me if I bought it for her."
And then, "You can't afford to buy her a dog, idiot, back to the original item you marked off on the list."
Best compliation of puppies being given as gifts ever courtesy of YouTube channel About Everything. Article continues after this video.
Plus, is it even a good idea to give a dog as a gift?
Stefania Kubowicz, Media Liason for RSPCA NSW says, "Don't do it." She says pets being surrendered after the holidays isn't as big a problem as people think, with pets more likely to be dropped at the RSPCA before the holidays because people are going away or pets have escaped during fireworks displays.