Puppy Ownership – Considering The Costs

As most of you already know, I’m a 26 year young guy looking to start a family. Ana and I are working on our wedding fund and planning for babies after we get married. It’s incredibly exciting to say the least. One thing that we’ve wanted since we moved in together about 3 years ago was to get a puppy.

We Finally Decided To Get A Puppy

About 6 months ago, we finally found ourselves in a position where we would be comfortable with puppy mother and fatherhood. Our search for a puppy started at the pound; where we found beautiful little border collie, husky puppies. Unfortunately huskies are known as a dangerous breed and our apartment at the time didn’t allow this breed. I almost cried as I watched the tears roll down Ana’s face. It just wasn’t fair! We spent a few hours getting to know this puppy, had the money and the time needed to be good puppy parents, and were told we couldn’t have our new baby! I’ve honestly never seen Ana so upset.

The Search Was On

On the way home from the pound, I made a promise to Ana. We would find a puppy that would be just as sweet, cuddly, and adorable as our puppy that got away; no matter what. So, I went on the hunt. A few days later, we found ourselves driving 3 and a half hours to get a baby border collie from the breeder. On the way home we were so worried because our new puppy (Sweetness Honey Rodriguez) was drooling excessively. Of course, we called the breeder and found out that it was nothing more than puppy car sickness and Sweetness would be fine.

Our Lives As Puppy Parents

A lot has changed in our lives since the day we decided to get a puppy. We bring Sweetness almost everywhere we go. When we leave for extended periods to a place she can’t come, we have to really weigh the options; and sometimes, we decide to stay home with our baby. One thing we really didn’t think about when we got Sweetness was the money that it costs to raise a puppy. So, today, I’m going to share with you some of the costs that you’ll have to be prepared for should you decide to get a puppy. Preparation definitely would have helped in our case. Anyway, lets get right to it…

Cost To Consider When Thinking About Puppy Parenthood

Food – Food is one of the biggest expenses in any household. It’s also one of the biggest expenses we experience as puppy parents. You see, Sweetness doesn’t have your average eat anything in sight type of dog stomach. Nope, her stomach is picky. If we get her the cheap $20 for 40 pounds of food dog food, she gets sick…and we can’t have her getting sick. So, instead we pay $53 for 20 pounds of her food. It’s made of the finest ingredients and keeps her happy and healthy. She also goes through that in about a week, so if all she needed was food, we’d be just over $200 to own our puppy.

Comfort – In my opinion, dogs are family members too, and they have just as much of a right to have a comfortable place to sleep as I do. The only problem is, Sweetness likes to eat her beds. We started out with a nice puppy bed from PetSmart; that was gone in a week. Eventually we reverted to giving her pillows. They’re cheap, and the funny thing is, she doesn’t chew them up…again, Sweetness has expensive taste!

Toys, Toys, Toys – Because Sweetness is a border collie, she’s incredibly active. She was bread to herd cattle; and she loves to run! So, we have to keep her busy or she gets a bit ornery.  Although we have a back yard, if there’s no toys for her to play with, she’ll make her own. You know, by digging the roots of trees out of the ground and chewing on them….not a good thing! Anyway, we’ve learned that like any other kid, Sweetness needs her fair share of toys.

Sweetness After ChewingFurniture – Nope, I’m not talking about doggy furniture, we’ve already covered that. I’m talking about people furniture, and shoes, and anything else the puppy can reach. You know, before we got a puppy, I heard about them chewing, but thought it was easily manageable. Well, there I went thinking again…I was wrong. As a matter of fact, yesterday we left the house for about 5 minutes to go to the local corner store. When we got back, my beautiful leather ottoman was damaged beyond recognition. Although this is the first time a piece of furniture has been destroyed beyond repair, and it’s the first time she’s chewed in a while (We’ve been doing extensive training.) it was incredibly upsetting to come home to. At this point, I’d say Sweetness has eaten at least $500 in non-food items around the house.

Training – Luckily for me, I have a buddy that’s incredibly good at training dogs, and he’s given me tons of pointers. As a matter of fact, at 6 months, Sweetness was already sitting, giving paw, and rolling over! Teach em young…they’ll know the tricks forever! Anyway, if I didn’t have a friend that knew dogs so well, training would have been crazy expensive. We’ve seen plans ranging from $150 a month to $300 per month. However, it would have been worth it if we needed it.

Medical – Dogs get sick too, and when they do, they need to see a doctor. You can go about medical in 2 ways. Either you can get insurance, or you can just pay for the vet visits. I’ve set aside money for vet visits and will replenish the funds as needed. However, if you don’t have at least a thousand dollars laying around for the next vet bill, you may want to consider insurance. Although, a thousand dollar vet bill is rare, it’s important to be prepared for everything!

Final Thoughts

Sweetness is one heck of a dog. She’s expensive, she’s hyper, and most of all she’s sweet! No matter what it costs to raise her, we love our puppy and wouldn’t trade her for the world. Although, we would have liked to have been more prepared for the expenses of owning a puppy, we’ve done pretty well so far. Nonetheless, if you’re considering puppy parenthood, we’ve learned that it’s important to consider your finances as well! Thanks for reading everyone!

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