Happy Thursday everyone! Can you believe another week has almost flown by?? I’ll let you in on a secret. I haven’t gone running since Saturday! BAH! Runner’s guilt is setting in right about now, as well as all the junk I’ve let my body ingest over the past few days. Today was busy, and one of those emotionally exhausting days, so running around the house with the dog was the most exercise I squeezed in. I’ll make it up this weekend, I promise!
In case you were looking for yet another real life post, let me just tell you about the past 24 hours. And let me preface this by saying, if Truckee weren’t so cute, she might be at the pound by now. But not really. I’m not that cruel!
Truckee has been chewing on her tail ever since she was little. We think out of boredom and curiosity. Heck, if I had something following me around all the time I’d be curious too. Lately though, she’s been practically eating it while she stays in her kennel all day to the point that there’s a red sore on it under her fur. Our Vet advised us to just be sure and keep her entertained- keep a toy or something for her to chew on so she will be distracted and not chew on her tail. So, we assumed that her Kong toy would fit the bill perfectly. Oh, how we underestimated those teeth. When we got home from work and let her out, it looked as though someone had put her Kong in a blender, then hit it with a weed eater, then backed over it with a lawn mower. We thought these things were indestructable. The majority of the pieces were still in her kennel, but a large amount was also missing…in her belly. We fed her dinner and watched to make sure she pooped normally, which she did, and then she acted fine the rest of the night. Then came 5 AM. I was awoken by the worst sound in the universe, a dog in mid-vomit, and she was throwing up red chunks of Kong. She soon went back to sleep, and then this morning ate her breakfast and pooped again…red chunks of even more Kong. We have literally given her every toy we can think of, and now she is out of options. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she still has her tail attached when we get home tonight!
We’ve learned that getting your first newlywed dog seems to be a lot like getting married in general. Nobody tells you about the bad stuff or how expensive it can be to just LIVE. We knew that labrador retrievers were big, (I grew up with one) and we knew they would eat a lot, (the one I grew up with ate the siding off my parent’s house) and we knew that the bigger they got the more expensive all of their accessories would get as well. We keep telling her that she needs to stop growing because she’s starting to grow OUT of our budget! (Not really, don’t worry, if we couldn’t afford a dog we never would have gotten her in the first place.) I wanted to do a little honest to goodness run down of just how expensive a BIG dog can be. Kudos to my married friends who own 10lb dogs that require nothing but a tablespoon of food a day.
–Original cost of the dog: $300-$500. I won’t say what we actually paid for her, but I will say that we purposefully paid more than the average person might for an AKC, high quality blood line, healthy, guaranteed lab. Hunting labs are closer to $1000+.
-Spaying or Neutering the dog: ~$200. I remember it being close to $200 or so. They base it on the weight of the dog, and at 6 months I think Truckee was something like 40lbs?
-Required puppy shots, 3 rounds?, and Rabies, etc: $20-50? I don’t remember exactly, but I know her first few rounds of shots all together didn’t break the bank or anything!
-Worm medicine (unexpected expense!): ~$30? When Truckee was a puppy, (yes she’s still a “puppy” now but it’s hard for me to call a 75lb dog a puppy), she had worms right after we brought her home. The vet we go to is also actually her breeder, so he graciously paid for her first round of treatment and worm tests because she was supposed to be free of them per our contract. But, things happen and Truckee was the unlucky puppy that picked up some wormies somewhere along the way. We got rid of them the first time, but they came back and then she had some other weird stomach issue, and that’s what we ended up paying for. I don’t remember exactly. But basically, this was just another puppy expense we didn’t think about. Maybe it was called Coccidia?
-Dog Food:$43.99 + tax. We buy a 30lb bag of Science Diet Large Breed Puppy, which usually lasts 3/4 of a month. She currently eats 6 CUPS a day!
-Kennel, Crate, Carrier: $60-$180. Ours was free because it’s the same one our previous lab used, and she has since passed away. It looks like they come in a wide price range, so I’d imagine $100 or more would be more accurate for one big enought to hold a large breed dog like a lab! Woof!
-Dog Bed: $35. At Walmart of all places! Adam randomly got an awesome deal on a cute fuzzy brown bed for Trucks. Unfortunately, she peed on it a few weeks ago so that money is now down the drain. However, she LOVED it while it lasted 🙂
-Furminator: $47. Works like a charm, and keeps TONS of hair off our floor!
-Science Diet Chicken Treats: Usually on sale for $2.99
-Collar: $14.99 and Leash: $7.99
-Nametag on Collar: $10. ish, there’s 3 on her total.
-Register with city we live in: ~$25-50? Don’t remember what the exact fee was.
-Dog toys: $50+. I’m sure we’ve spent at LEAST this much! At least.
-Cost to board her for a weekend: $12 a night. So for a weekend, it usually comes out to be about $30 or so.
-Heartworm medication, once a month: ~$20 for a single dose, ~$100 for a 6 month supply. We’re using the Advantage Multi brand right now, I think.
-Tick medicine: ~$35 for a 2 pack. I’m not sure what we pay for a single dose at the vet, but it always surprises me how much it is.
-Manicure: $10. Much cheaper than mine! Truckee loves getting her nails trimmed. It’s her “me” time. Can’t blame the girl!
-Random vet bills that add up thanks to vets diagnosing problems that aren’t really problems and giving her a cortisone shot while you’re out of town: $160
-Food and water bowls: $5-15. Again, ours were passed down from a previous family pet. But her puppy bowls we got SUPER cheap at WalMart.
-DentaStix bones for her teeth: ~$10 at WalMart!
-Dog shampoo: ~$2 at WalMart
-Eye drops for bad allergies: ~$35. Thankfully we only had to use one bout of these.
-Cleaning supplies for potty training: $10-15. You don’t want to skimp on these, or your carpet will forever be stained and stinky! Plus while they’re potty training, if they have an accident you don’t want them to be able to smell where they messed up previously.
Even though she costs a tiny fortune,(insert Adam yelling across the room “a TINY fortune?!!”), she has been worth every single memory along the way. Every single torn apart piece of underwear, every single accident in the house, every single broken item. She’s provided more joy to our newlywed life than we EVER thought was possible.
So her REAL cost, is priceless. Since you see grown up Truckee pictures on here all the time, here are some of her sweet puppy pictures I could help not to show you. She is ours and you can’t have her!
All in a day’s work. A sock. A toy. And a piece of underwear.
So there you have it. Even if dogs are expensive, they’re worth it. In kicks and giggles that is.
Don’t forget about my giveaway! Be sure to check out the sweatpink shoelaces I’m giving to three readers!! Enter by Sunday night!
On tomorrow’s agenda: my tutorial for DIY Laundry Detergent!
What is your favorite part about being a pet owner? What are your plans for this weekend? Did you enter my giveaway, or tell someone about it? Did I miss anything obvious in the dog budget?
**Don’t forget to email me if you would be interested in guest posting over the weekend!**