This is a very sad realization I saw on Facebook recently that needs to be addressed. In Ron Howard's version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas the Grinch points out that the garbage from Whoville ends up with him at the top of Mount Crumpit. He goes on a rant about their Christmas presents and that they just throw them away. Here comes the sad part. Was Max a Christmas gift to some ungrateful Who and ended up in the garbage not long after Christmas?

This may sound too awful to be farfetched, but it is a sad reality for many Christmas puppies. While they may not be tossed in the garbage literally, they do get tossed aside and into the pound.

In the Grinch's rant he tells the Whos, "You wanna know what happens to your gifts? They all come to me. In your garbage. You see what I'm saying? In your *garbage*. I could hang myself with all the bad Christmas neckties I found at the dump...'I want a pony so I can ride it twice, get bored and sell it to make glue...'"

PETA warns against getting a pet as a Christmas gift by saying:

...[T]he holidays are the absolute worst time to bring a new animal into your home. Even normally quiet homes are often filled with people talking and laughing, kids playing with noisy new toys and games, music playing, doorbells ringing, and more. A house filled with strangers coming and going and loud noises is frightening even for the animals who already live there—and much more so for a timid newcomer.

A lot of time is required to care for a pet, especially a new one, which is in limited supply during the holidays. The idea of a cute puppy under the tree with a bow tied around their neck sounds like a great idea, but the work that comes along with a pet. A live animal isn't like a toy, you can't just toss it in a closet and forget about it.

According the PETA some animal shelters have adopted policies to prevent people from adopting pets to give as gifts.

Don't be like the Whos, don't toss aside your Max.

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