12/19/2011 05:32 pm ET | Updated Dec 19, 2011

Holiday Puppy Gifting: Can It Be Done Responsibly? (PHOTOS)

From Mother Nature Network:

Q: I want to get my family a puppy for Christmas. Where's the best place to look?

A: Resist the urge to surprise your family with a cute and cuddly Christmas pet. To ensure a smooth transition, discuss routine tasks beforehand such as feeding, grooming, getting home to let the dog out, and poop patrol. If you absolutely, positively must have a puppy or kitten under the tree for Christmas, then consider this your holiday pet to-do list.

Captions courtesy of Mother Nature Network.

Holiday Puppy To-do List