Apparently dyrehandel is Danish for “animal trade” – which sounds unpleasant, but probably just means “pet shop”. Not speaking Danish, it’s hard to judge. Well, let’s assume that it means “pet shop” and go from there shall we?
Everyone loves a pet shop. You should be aware, though, that there are pet shops and there are pet shops – and by that one means there are places where animals are treated well and places where they aren’t. Show me a pet shop with kittens in little cages, and I’ll show you a dryehandel I have no desire in shopping for.
Anyway. If you are buying an animal, for yourself or for others, you choose stop and ask yourself a series of pertinent questions. Which in no particular order are:
Who is the animal for? If you buy for children you must be aware that you will probably end up doing all the hard work yourself. No matter how many times your kid promises to always feed and clean out the animal in question it’s pretty much a given that he or she will get bored and slack quite early on. As the person buying the animal from the dryehandel it’s on you to take up the slack.
Where will the animal live? Dogs, for example, need plenty of space, a place they can adopt as their own sleeping space, and owners capable of walking them at least twice a day if not more. Therefore, a dog is not a suitable animal for a home in which both people are out at work all day.
Cats need very little beyond love – they must, though, have access to the outdoors and be able to come and go as they please. Be aware also that whatever the children say, cats and babies rarely mix.
The dyrehandel selling birds is an acquired taste – animals meant to fly never look so good in cages, and they don’t smell great either. Really the only animals one can fairly say are happy with domestication, the cat and the dog, are mobile and vaguely autonomous. It is, after all, the dog who seems to choose servitude – while the cat enjoys a lifestyle that can best be described as lordly.
It’s a myth that dogs and cats hate each other. Plenty of interspecies relationships tick along just fine as long as the owners give the right kind of attention to each animal. A dyrehandel that understands this is a dyrehandel you can probably trust.
In the case of both cat and dog, vaccination is a must – feral examples of both species can carry parasites and disease quite fatal to the domestic animal, not to mention passing on some ailments and ticks to human beings. Be sure to get all the jabs, think about sterilisation and keep control of fleas and ticks.
Fleas, whilst annoying, pose almost no health threats to humans. A tick, on the other hand, can be bad news. If you find one on your pet it should be removed with a tick hook.