How much do I cost?
You might wonder how much I cost to be part of Joan's family. Well, Joan has been giving it some thought and started to list to me all the costs that I have incurred and that she has happily paid to have me as her friend. This is in the past 2.5 years:
$175 - Adoption fee at Animal Ark no-kill shelter
$200 - one time dog equipment start up - bowls, leash, gentle leader, etc., dog bed
$30/month for food and treats
$25/year for dog park pass
$15/year for dog license
$120/year for heart worm check and vaccinations (rabies, etc.)
$100/year for heart worm medicine and tick/flea medicine
Then there are the extra costs:
~$400 Vet visits for anal sac problem, ear infections, and allergies
~$80 Toe nail cuttings
~$90 Vet visit and drugs for running into the tree
Then there are costs that have been associated with my actions:
Broken kitchen window (I went wild when I saw a squirrrel and Joan did not have the blinds up on the window). ~free only because Joan is friends with the window restoration guy.
Learned to jump over low fence. ~$150 + a weekend of time - Joan bought and installed an invisible fence.
Jumped against the fence after a squirrel and one of the fence posts that was rotted fell down. ~$40 for post and cement + a day of Joan's time to fix.
Pulled Joan into fence gate and her wool coat ripped. ~$unknown as she has not had it fixed yet. The coat cost $100.
Chewed two of Joan's leather shoes. ~$10 Joan had the shoe guy sew them up a bit. She still wears them as it is unnoticeable.
Broken cabinet door - I backed hard into one of Joan's new cabinet doors and it cracked. ~$unknown as she has not had it fixed. She wonders if it is part of the lifetime warranty (does it exclude dog related breaks?)
Fanny pack. Joan stored dog treats in it for training but she left it out one day and I chewed a hole in it to get the treats. ~$unknown as she has not replaced it yet. (she'll probably just go to the thrift store to get a new one.)
Carpet cleaner - various vomiting incidents. $5
Shower Flip Flops; I have chewed up one of several pairs of flip flops that Joan uses at the gym. - ~$8
Window screens - I tend to rip the one in the back storm door (squirrels again!). $15 + Joan's time to rescreen the window with Pet-proof screen.
Phew, that's all that I can think of. I don't think that is all that bad, considering what a great dog friend I am!!