|Phoebe sometimes gets chilly at night so I bought her this fleece jacket|
What does this have to do with dogs, you ask? This is still a dog blog right?? After reading Kimberly's wonderful post, it got me thinking about the cost of dog ownership and how much I spend on my own dogs. Phoebe has a wardrobe almost as extensive as mine and Isis probably has more bling than Princess Kate! The pet industry is a nearly $60 Billion dollar industry, but for many people the cost of pet ownership is daunting and can be a deterrent to adding a Furbaby to their family. But there is a way they can add a dog to the family and still have peace of mind!
|Phoebe sporting her new Winter coat, which I bought for a trip to Sedona|
Many people don't get a dog because they're afraid they can't handle the added expense. My sister is one of those people. She desperately wants a puppy, specifically a French Bulldog puppy. More specifically, a fawn colored Frenchie whom she will name "Butterball". But she's close to retirement with limited financial resources. The cost of owning a dog scares her!
Expanding upon Kim's discussion about having an emergency fund, why not have a Puppy Fund!? My sister could spend the next a year funding her Puppy Fund. This will give her the money for the puppy's adoption fee and basic supplies such as food, bowls, a bed and toys. Basic vaccinations and spay/neuter would likely be covered by the adoption fee, and if she saves a little more she would have a cushion for trips to the vet as needed. If she continues funding her Puppy Fund monthly after getting the puppy, it will offset the cost of ongoing vet care or a potential pet emergency.
|How cute is Phoebe in her animal print sweater w/ pink bow? So can you tell that fashion is my pet-spending Kryptonite?|
We talked about how, with her limited funds, she'd even be able to contribute to a Puppy Fund. We talked about making tiny cuts to her spending, putting small amounts of money aside each week. Saving small change is one way she'll do this. Her change purse is always full so each day she'll dump change into a box. We once saved nearly $400 in less than a year just by dumping change into a box which we used to pay for the gas on our first cross country trip. My sister indulges in lattes at Starbucks twice a week. She'll still get to go to Starbucks with friends, but she'll drop down to less expensive regular coffee for those visits, banking $4 per week ($208/year).
As her loving sister, I will contribute a puppy training class and spoil my new puppy niece or nephew with lots of extra fun stuff too! She can ask for Pet Insurance as a birthday or Christmas gift for additional peace of mind.
When the time comes, I'll make sure we scour shelters, PetFinder.com, and Bulldog rescues in her area so she responsibly acquires the Frenchie of her dreams. At this rate, she'll be able to adopt a puppy in about a year. I can't wait!
|My collection of collars for my dogs. There's a lot of bling there! In my defense, I did buy a few of them at the dollar Store!|
What do you think about starting a Puppy Fund for someone who wants a pet in their life but thinks they can't afford it? What's your pet spending Kryptonite? Leave us a comment, we always want to hear from you!
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