In the "Deck the Howls" episode of October Road the sweet but overeager Janet gives her new boyfriend, Eddie, a deeply personal gift: a puppy. Understandably, the gesture shocks Eddie. Janet's intentions were to get him a puppy to replace his beloved dog, Rocket, but Eddie doesn't feel ready to commit to another animal. Of course, the joke is on both of them when they realize it's not a puppy at all, but a wolf pup.

The scene got me thinking about the holidays, and how many people must adopt and purchase puppies to give to friends and family members as gifts. Knowing what I know about pet ownership and how much attention, veterinary care, and love puppies require I can't fathom surprising someone with one. What do you think?

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