I never understood how Roger and Anita planned to take care of 101 dalmations. How could they possibly afford a Dalmation Plantation on a songwriter’s salary? What a ridiculous plot.
Husband and I are dog lovers, though we have none. This week we get to dogsit Badger, a lab/greyhound mix with a pension for burrowing under the covers. If we were impulsive people we would abscond with this dog to Mexico; she is that awesome. But alas, we are planners and, aside from the obvious faults with the Mexico plan, we have our reasons for not having a dog already.
Cost Considerations When Deciding to Buy a Dog
1. $Time – your most valuable asset.
All animals require a significant amount of your attention on a daily basis; not to mention vet visits, additonal shopping trips, and other doggy-type errands (poop patrol!). If you’re thinking of buying a puppy, then consider the time it will take to train your new family member. We haven’t been able to commit to a time sacrifice because we are so busy and it wouldn’t be fair to neglect a new puppy; that, or more likely, sacrifice our other committments because we are easily distracted by cuteness.
Travel much? When you have a dog, things get more complicated. You can:
a. Miss Thanksgiving with the family and stay home with Chuck Norris (our future dog).
b. Take Chuck with you, either on a plane for an additional $250, or on an extended roadtrip that includes doggy potty breaks.
c. Pay for a kennel, $15/day minimum.
3. Additional Costs $$$
- Depending on where and what type of dog you buy, the cost of the animal alone can be prohibitive.
- Food, treats, accessories (you know you’d buy them)
- Vet Costs – Vaccinations, teeth cleanings, emergency treatment for rock swallowing
- Household destruction and mayhem – maybe not that drastic, but you will be steam-cleaning a few carpets.
4. One Dog is 1/2 Way to Two Dogs
I rarely see a family with just one dog. The dog needs a playmate. The husband had a dog, so the wife needed her own dog. Well, just be prepared for doubled expenses.
I’ve noticed this is a sensitive issue for many people. It seems that dogs are to Americans what cats were to Egyptians: sacred. Beethoven, Lassie, Old Yeller, Shiloh; case and point. To many, a dog is a right of passage and a completion of a family. While I’ll give it to you that a dog becomes a member of the family, it is not a right, and if you can’t afford it, then you shouldn’t buy it.
Article publié pour la première fois le 26/07/2010