The other day, sweet reader Angela sent me an email about dogs. More specifically, getting a dog. Yep, it’s the post you’ve all been waiting for: life with Roo and how I juggle being a single puppy mother with the rest of my life! I was going to write a single post on this, but I realize there’s a lot to it, so it’s going to be a multi-parter! Woohoo!!!
Disclaimer to those of you who are mothers to actual living children: I am not here to claim that being a puppy mother is anything like that. At all. So please don’t take offense! Then again, if you’d take offense to this, you probably wouldn’t be reading my blog to begin with. Just keeping it real here, folks.
Glad we got that out of the way. Now, onto the reason we’re all here!
Or Roo Boo. Or Roo Bear. Or Rooey. Or Roooooster! Or Roo Beans! Or Roooooootabega.
This kid has a lot of nicknames.
When I decided to get a dog, I had been thinking about it for more quite some time. In fact, pre-blog and pre-Roo, I actually adopted a boxer. That lasted about 3 days. He was very sweet, but also very aggressive towards strangers and had a bladder problem that I just couldn’t manage. It broke my heart to have to take him back, but I realized I was in over my head and couldn’t handle a dog with so many issues on my own. So I knew that when I got this dog, it would have to be the right fit and the right time in my life.
Since I was working from home, this past winter seemed like the perfect time. I could be home with the puppy all day, get her housebroken, and not have to feel guilty about leaving her for long stretches of time.
Knowing that I wanted a vizsla, I started researching breeders and found one a couple of hours away where they had a little that would be ready right after the New Year. As soon as I met my little girl, I was smitten!
But aside from the fact that she was adorable, there were a few things to consider beforehand, and now that I have her, there are a few more things to consider. I’ll divide these into a few posts, but today we’ll talk dolla bills.
Having a dog is NOT cheap. If you choose to adopt, it’s a little easier, but if you’re getting a purebred vizsla, well, it’s going to cost more than your mortgage. If you can get past the sticker shock of that, then there’s the cost of a crate, food, toys, vaccinations, puppy school, spaying and microchipping, x-rays and IV fluids when you go out of town and she stops eating due to separation anxiety, treats, more toys, dog walking, boarding (if you ever have to travel), etc. etc. etc. Oh, and your sweet puppy will probably destroy a few shoes/clothes/brand new sofa slipcovers in the process of doing puppy things, so be prepared to fork over a good portion of your savings/checking account. I have a feeling some of these costs will dissipate over time, but it’s too soon to tell.
Cost breakdown thus far:
Crates (I’ve had 3—puppy, travel, grown-up size): $250
Food: ~$40/bag every 6-8 weeks
Puppy School: $125
Boarding: $45/night every time I have to travel for work
Dog walking: $10/walk
Vaccinations: ~$150 total
Unexpected Vet Bills: $409
Treats: ~$8/month (I get the dog jerky from Trader Joe’s and she LOVES it)
Random Replacements for Things She’s Destroyed: ~$400
Is she worth every penny? You betcha. Can’t put a price on puppy kisses!!!
Do you have a dog? How much would you say it costs you monthly?