Lauren Conrad Has Some Advice For Would-Be Dog Owners

dog2Photo: Courtesy of Lauren Conrad.
Admittedly, my Ask Lauren posts are some of my favorite ones to write! I love reading all of the comments and messages, and it’s really fun to answer your questions, like this one that an LC.com reader sent me the other day:
I just love all of your photos of Chloe and Fitz! I’m a huge dog lover, but I’m not sure that I’m ready to get a dog yet. I live alone and while it would be so fun to have a furry friend to hang out with, I’m worried that it’s too much responsibility for one person. Do you have any advice to help me figure out whether or not I’m ready to be a puppy-parent?
As someone who has two dogs, I know how important it is to make sure that you’re ready for the responsibility that comes along with getting a pup. So, for those of you considering getting a dog, this is what I advise:
Before you take the plunge, find a friend’s dog to puppy-sit for a day or two. Spending some time taking care of a friend’s dog will help you decide whether or not you’re ready to make the commitment. If your puppy-sitting was successful, but you’re still not sure if you’re ready, I suggest fostering a dog. There are lots of organizations that are looking for foster parents for sweet little pups. There’s no commitment to keep the dog, but it gives you the opportunity to take care of a dog for an extended period of time and make sure that it’s something you have time for in your life. But, be warned — you might just fall in love with your furry friend and never want to let him go.
Also, I highly recommend adopting a pet over buying one from a breeder. There is no greater feeling than rescuing an animal. There are so many sweet pups sitting in shelters right now, just waiting for their forever homes. Not only will you find your new best friend, but you’ll also save a life. I honestly can’t imagine my life without Chloe and Fitz.

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