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Canby and Cally, two dogs available for adoption through Prairie Paws Rescue, hang out on a couch at the home of Kaye John, Prairie Paws co-founder, who is fostering them. Because the two dogs don’t have teeth, their tongues hang out much of the time and they require some extra care — though they can eat ordinary dog food. (Kari Lucin / The Sun)

Experts: Don’t surprise people with pet for Christmas

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Buying a pet for Christmas may sound fun, but surprising someone with a pet can result in a disappointed human and a forlorn animal ending up at a shelter.


“The person on the receiving end needs to be aware of what they are receiving. It’s a lifetime commitment,” said Kaye John, co-founder of Prairie Paws Rescue.

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Kari Lucin
Kari Lucin joined the Grand Forks Herald as a multimedia producer in August 2014. Previously, she worked for a few years at the Jamestown Sun in Jamestown, N.D., as a staff writer, and prior to that, for about six years as staff writer and later online content coordinator, at the Daily Globe in Worthington, Minn. A graduate of Jackson County Central High School and Augsburg College, she has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English. Find more of her writing at her blog, Oh Look, a Shiny Thing! or on Twitter at @karilucin.
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