Dogs are great companions. I’m testament to this, hence “Financial Freedumb & Brownie.” But dogs aren’t all fun and games, there are serious things to consider before getting a dog–finances, breed, adult or puppy, rescue or from a breeder. I’d like to touch on all of these topics based on what I’ve learned from Brownie. This post focus on dogs, but the thought process is the similar for other types of animals for the most part. I wrote about how I found Brownie in this post, and then mentioned how I’d do things different in the future….This post goes into that.
Posts Tagged ‘Doggie’
I’ve got some neat treats for you from California. Will post more later today, but I’ve got a flight to catch…see ya in a bit.
I haven’t updated Brownie’s costs for awhile…doesn’t mean I’ve been neglecting him. I have bought 3 bags of food recently along with a few dog toys from Vegas. Plus his boarding costs for the trip.
Food: $51.00 (3 bags of 40lb food, Kirkland Signature Lamb & Rice)
Immodium AD: $13.00 (18 pill package)
Total to date: $4,301.79 + 180 + 51 + 12 + 13 = $4,557.79
This post is inspired by problogger.net and his group writing project on ’LISTS’
I wanted to find a topic that I think would be beneficial to my readers, yet at the same time not just a rehash of old topics with at least some new content, so I decided Brownie’s life lessons on money would be appropriate. I hope my posts will help a fellow dog owner out there.
Just because you like the store. If you don’t have a pet, pet ownership costs can be quite crazy at times–especially if your friend needs frequent trips to the vet, which can cost an arm and a leg.
Well, a few days ago I had a random discussion with someone about dog food, and we found we buy our food from the same place–a really small “mom & pop” type of store with great owners, a married couple. As we talked, we both found that we no longer buy food from them because the brand of dog food they were selling didn’t work out for our dogs. However, we both still go back to buy treats and other small things just because, well, we like them. Similar to brand loyalty I guess?
Like humans, dogs have issues with their health…sometimes they are just daily occurances like headaches, allergies, upset stomach, etc. Unfortunately, they can’t tell us. That’s why you know your dog best, and the decision to go to the vet or not, is best made by you. Some telltale signs that a trip to the vet would be good are blood, lethargy, uncharacteristic behavior, excessive/obsessive licking/scratching, limps, and bumps. That’s all I can think of for now, but I’m sure there are others.
This post is about some neat home remedies, tips, and tricks I’ve learned since I started raising my dog Brownie. And I consider them all “frugal” because they are generally a lot cheaper than getting a prescription or getting them from a pet store. Have a look…share yours!
From what I’ve read, seems that a number of folks take their dogs to well marketed obedience classes (Petsmart anyone?) that cost at least around $100 for six 1 hour classes. Where I live, they actually cost $140 for six classes. Well, there is an alternative, generally every state has a number of American Kennel Club (AKC) local chapters. These AKC chapters offer a variety of dog interests, but my favorite is obedience. In my state, a 13 week class costs $40–MUCH better than the private offerings. So before you sign Fido up for private schooling, consider AKC chapters in your area. Here’s a link to search the AKC site for local chapters near you.
If you haven’t read about Brownie’s not so fun encounter with d-i-a-r-r-h-e-a, check it out. He had an unplanned vet visit due to it, but he’s much better now. Poor guy had the runs like I hope no one ever has to go through. Main post has been updated if you’re interested in seeing where all the money spent on Brownie has gone. Total cost to date: $4,301.79.