|Barked: Tue Dec 29, '09 7:35pm PST |
|Well, my dog can hunt down and kill her own food, so that's about as cheap as it gets
Based on the typical expenses, she's extremely cheap. At just 30 pounds she doesn't eat much or require high doses of anything. Her breed has no known genetic issues, and though color dilution alopecia very rarely pops up, it isn't a health problem that can be treated with surgery or expensive medication. She's never been sick or seriously injured. Her short coat means no professional grooming. So, based on that, she's an economical model.
Of course the money I spend accommodating her behavior issues and working drive have made up for it. Obedience, rally and flyball classes that were paid for in advance and eventually abandoned due to her issues. Though we are currently on a break from agility, we were doing that once a week, twice a week for two months this spring. About 3 months of weekly one-on-one sessions with a behaviorist. Taking her hog hunting, which has required custom kevlar cut collars, clothes and snake boots for me, dues to the Texas Dog Hunters Association, gas money to drive all over Texas and needing to buy a new set of tires about a year early due to driving down too many ranch roads. Competing in hog baying competitions, which again require lots of gas money, occasional hotel rooms and entry fees. I pay for dog insurance to cover any possible injuries she could sustain from hunting or baying, but if something serious ever does happen, I expect to pay several hundred if not thousands of dollars to keep her alive. Oh, and we have to live alone in a one bedroom apartment because she cannot handle constant and casual exposure to most people and dogs.
So I suppose it balances out.
Edited by author Tue Dec 29, '09 7:37pm PST
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