|Barked: Tue Nov 29, '11 8:20am PST |
|Samson: I really don't feel like constantly explaining the money I get, how I get it, when I have it, and how much it is. The money I have from month to month varies a great deal, and sometimes I have it, and sometimes I don't. On average I don't. But when I do, I put my priorities where I believe they should go. If you must know, I had the extra money at the time to get Khloe fixed from a student refund check. That was a priority I had because I hadn't obtained my job yet, and 4Health was a good food Daegan was on. My priority at the time was getting Khloe fixed, because I believe it was more important than changing their food to something more expensive. My car also needed major repairs at the time, but I put Khloe first in that situation and had her fixed instead. My car has yet to be repaired. It is drivable, but not the safest car in the world, atm...
My (part-time) job, which I just started so I can afford two dogs, pays me an hourly salary (which is only $7.25), and I do get commission on my dogs, but sometimes, dogs don't come in, and my pay goes down.
I also have a small job where I clean people's toilets (the whole bathroom actually) for extra money (when I'm not at work or school) just to afford the higher quality food.
I do not buy any "extra things" each month. My money goes to gas (work is 45 minutes away... couldn't find a job where I live. School is also about 45 minutes away), my phone card (which is $45 a month), and my car, as it is constantly needing repairs (it's old, with 300,000 miles on it), and its insurance. Then I have BASIC housing expenses. The rest of whatever is left goes to the dogs. I do not eat out. I've been wearing the same clothes for three years. The only new clothes I have bought are for work.
I did not choose Khloe, nor did I expect/want to obtain another dog. Khloe wasn't even supposed to be mine. But I have gone through a lot to keep her and do my best to care for her. It would be a complete defeat to give her up now, after having worked so hard and gone through so much just to keep her. Maybe it was selfish of me to keep her, but I couldn't give her up. I just couldn't.
It isn't fair that I have to keep explaining my financial situation to so many people here. I've done what I had to do to afford my dogs, and it still doesn't seem to be enough for anyone here. Not feeding Blue Buffalo isn't going to kill them. I have done my best to afford something other than what most people here call "low-quality" kibble from Walmart, and it STILL isn't enough. I thought I was doing a good thing. I'm almost in tears now because I am so tired of explaining this. I'm so tired of being judged. No one knows me or my situation. All you see is a girl who has two dogs she can barely afford, but you don't know how hard this girl has worked to be able to get them the best she could. I am not one of those pet parents who throws chicken bones and moldy water to a dog that's on a 3 foot chain in the back yard. Why don't you give them your speeches on getting dogs that they don't even care about or even WANT to afford or give anything up for?
.....Now that I have wiped my tears...
To everyone else, Daegan's 4Health food was around $35 for a 35 lb bag. Natural Balance at Petco for a 28 lb bag is $50, but with my discount it's $37. We normally get a 20% discount, but NB gives us a 30% (for some reason). I'll have to check today if they have Nature's Variety at Petco. I appreciate all your help guys, and I apologize for the rant above.
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