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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


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 Jamestown Sun as a staff writer in July 2011. Previously, she worked for about six years at the Daily Globe in Worthington, Minn., as an online content coordinator and staff writer. A graduate of Jackson County Central High School and Augsburg College, she has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English. At the Jamestown Sun, Kari is a general assignment reporter, but most typically covers the Stutsman County Commission and the James River Valley Library System. Find more of her writing at her blog, Oh Look, a Shiny Thing!
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