First, my pet history…
My family dog from before I was born until I was about 12 years old – put to sleep after 17 (119 dog) years of life
Adopted off the side of the road because we felt so bad that her owners had abandoned her – taken to a “better place where she could play with other dogs” by my parents after she displayed just a little bit too much wolf-like behavior
Given to me on my 13th birthday, but left at my parent’s house when I moved out only to become one of the most pampered dogs around.
“Poor Petey” was the most common phrase used when referring to his life. He had a tough one: diabetes (requiring two shots a day), blindness, and a bunch of other ailments that led to his demise.
Rabbits, fish, hermit crabs, turtle, and other various animals ?-?
I don’t remember their names, how long I had them, or much else about them.
Budgeting for a Pet
Everything above was financed by my parents in a time when a pet was, “just a pet.” But now pets have moved up in the world. I mean pet spas and refrigerated dog food was something you would see in a Saturday Night Live skit 15 years ago, but now it is reality.
I never thought about how much pets actually cost, and even if I had, it would still be drastically more now than it was 15 years ago. Since I have moved out on my own I have bought some of the cheaper pets that I could – i.e. Fish, fiddler crabs, and African dwarf frogs. Many have passed away (some just in time for me to still get my refund from the pet-store) but as I approximate the costs of all the stuff I purchased for the tank, it is a little bit frightening . And this is a fresh-water tank, I wouldn’t even want to imagine if it had been a saltwater tank.
Is a pet worth the money?
My wife has wanted a mini-dog of some sort. You know, a dog that is smaller than a large rabbit that Paris Hilton would tote around in a Gucci handbag.
I actually am interested in getting another dog, but honestly I don’t want to try to budget for all the expenses are possible with pets these days. I know we will get one eventually, but I just don’t know that I want to make the financial sacrifice at this point in our lives.
So, I am looking for a little help from the readers on this one… What do you think about rising pet expenses? Is it still worth having one? Does anyone have a ball-park figure of what they spend per year on their pet?