I was sitting at my desk trying to decide which of my blog topics I wanted to write about this week when my almost 12-year-old cat (one of two) jumped onto my lap demanding attention. Clearly, my post topic was set. What are the costs of pet ownership? Obviously, this depends on the type of pet, but in general, the needs are the same. Food, shelter, medical care, etc. I have cats, so let's look at what I spend. First off, let's think … [Read more...]
The credit cards are on FIRE!
I think my credit cards are smoking right now. There has been a lot of spending over the past week. Planned spending, but still. Those credit card rewards are going to look awesome this month! Seriously though, I did some re-thinking about my spending. And maybe I chose the "fun" route over the practical route. But I think it's worth it. So what did I buy? Well, when I bought my house, I set aside some money to have a new fence put in … [Read more...]
Moving Your Pets
For me, the most stressful part of my move was how I was going to move the two cats. While I knew that the boxes would all make it to the house, and I trusted the movers to take care of the furniture, but the cats were a different story. Some cats do fine going from place to place, others have a tougher time. I was a bit worried with how mine would function (plus one is a bit dumb and tended to get lost in the 2 bedroom apartment - how ever … [Read more...]
Getting a dog? Know what you’re getting into.
I am becoming a terrible blogger. Can I blame work? I blame work. With my shifted position at work, I'm incredibly happy, but also incredibly busy. Putting in a lot of extra hours, and once I get home, the last thing I want to do is get back on the computer. I'm trying to figure out somewhat of a schedule so I can get more out of the limited hours I have in the day. We'll see how that goes. This weekend, I volunteered with a Great … [Read more...]
Some pets are more expensive than others
Two articles about pet expenses and costs caught my eye this morning. The first was about the value of the Obama's dog Bo. Because he was a gift, the Obamas had to report the value, which was estimated at $1,600. Seems high for a dog, but purebred dogs can be extremely expensive. So I can't say I was super surprised by this. The cost might be the reason the Portugese Water Dog hasn't caught on as a popular pet. Not when you can get a … [Read more...]