Looking at the high cost of pets
Published: Monday, Feb. 6 2012 5:00 p.m. MST
Placing a weight restriction on dogs actually backfires. It's the little yip
dogs that weigh seven pounds that do the most damage and bark the most. Larger
dogs, unless they have been neglected, tend not to bark as much and are less
destructive, once past the puppy stage.
Re: Random | 7:50 p.m. Feb. 6, 2012 Get a cat. They don't ever bark
.... or yip.
I could no more lose my dog than cut my arm off. Our family - a dog family for
30+ years - values our canine friends as a 10 (on a scale of 1-10). We have
loved our dogs and they in turn have brought much love and fun to our family
over the years. Expense? I spend about $12 a week on my dog. That is about 1/4
of the cost of gas I put into my car. Not much expense. Vaccinations are pretty
cheap too over all. So - the high cost of pets?? I don't think so..
Wonder why they did not include horses in the figures. At least in the West,
horses and burros are common pets. And their cost is much more than $1000 annual
dollars. I know several people who cannot seem to pay all the bills yet insist
on having pets, including horses. My own family refuses to see the costs
associated with pet ownership; won't even discuss it. I want a horse but see
that since I can't afford one, I shouldn't have one and don't. My grown kids,
and cousins, and wife don't see it that way at all. Either they just bring them
home without thinking about it or they bring them home ignoring the costs and
then lose them to unpaid bills. In one case the ferret vet bill exceeded the
rent and the rent went unpaid and the eviction proceeded.
Next pet is a roomba. I'm going to glue eyeballs and antennae one it.
My dog had since she was a puppy,at two months old shes now going on
fourteenyears old She lived a very long time :)We Had two cats that
have passed away,and they all been kept indoors.They seem to live longer any
ways.I would never place her there.
The nice thing about pets is that when you're out of money for food, you can use
them as food. You can't do that with your kids... at least not yet.
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