Earlier this week, as part of a wider piece offering practical advice for new dog owners, The Times printed a first-person account of impulse animal adoption entitled, We just couldn’t do it anymoreIn it, the writer explained how he and his family had decided to get a puppy because “it seemed a good way to get out more” and “get the teenagers away from their screens.”


After minimal research, the family settled on a smart, working breed entirely unsuitable for inexperienced owners, and then bought an eight-week-old puppy on the spot because they felt awkward about the fact they had to use the farmer’s toilet. Spoiler – it wasn’t what they were expecting and they returned said puppy to the farmer a short while later.


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