|My dog Dexter. It's good that he's so cute because he is soooo much work.|
|Dogs at the SPCA currently waiting adoption.|
Dogs are NOT budget friendly. They are insanely expensive. I would have probably reconsidered getting a dog if someone *a fairy budget fairy maybe* would have told me that within the first six months of getting a dog I would be paying close to $1,500 alone in vet bills, food, and damages. My dog Dexter has caused me a lot of frustration and his presence in our home has caused a great deal of tension between me and my husband (this is not good if you have only been married for 3 months). I call Dexter "special needs" because he has A LOT of anxiety, fear (which sometimes causes him to bite strangers), and he suffers from environmental allergies (the source of all our vet bills). My intern told me that it is a good thing that I adopted him because there would not be a lot of people that could deal with him financially and emotionally. Dexter was essentially abandoned by his previous owners because they got divorced and could not/did not want to bring them into their next home.
Today after vet trip #4 (within the past 3 months) at the SPCA I stopped in the adoption department. I toured all the halls and my heart went out to all the dogs who are waiting for adoption. The receptionist at the adoption center told me to carry Dexter in my arms because the other dogs may get "jealous". There was the CUTEST little 2 month old puppy that was missing a leg and another puppy that just sat and stared directly at me. If I didn't have Dexter I would have tried to adopt him BUT I would feel horrible adopting him and leaving his brother behind. I really feel that people want a dog they should not "buy" a dog at a breeder. There are so many dogs that need a good home. AND I want to caution people that they should NOT get a dog (as I have painfully learned) unless they can truly afford one.
If dogs are this expensive then I can't imagine how expensive having children will be. Maybe I should have started saving for kids when I was fourteen!