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Can You Afford a Dog?


Don’t consider adoption unless you can afford a dog. The cost of owning a dog is far more than just the expense of buying food for a pet.

Many people don’t take into consideration all the costs involved in adopting and raising a dog. The time to budget for a dog is before you get one. Financially providing for your dog is a big part of being a responsible dog owner so it’s important that you know in advance what you are getting into.

The cost of owning a dog is estimated to be anywhere between $ 700 to $ 3,000 per year. Contributing factors include your dog’s size and age, the area in which you live, what kind of lifestyle you live, and individual needs of the dog you want to bring into your life. These are important considerations when deciding if you can afford a dog as a pet.

Your Initial Investment
Any new dog or puppy will come with substantial expenses. If you decide to purchase a purebred dog from an established breeder, expect to spend $ 500 to $ 2,000, or possibly more depending on the rarity and popularity of the breed. Spending the extra money on a quality dog from a reputable and professional breeder will cost you less in the long run because the dog will be healthier and will be less susceptible to numerous diseases that may be genetically inbred and not show up until your pet has found a place in your heart; and by then you will probably feel morally obligated to spend whatever it costs to care for your beloved companion.

If you like the looks and personalities of mixed-breed dogs or “mutts” as they are sometimes called, and you want to help dogs in need, then choose your dog from the local animal shelter or a rescue group. Adopting from a shelter or rescue can cost as little as $ 50 to $ 200. Your chances of getting a healthy dog are much higher if you adopt from a reputable animal shelter or rescue group.

If you want a purebred dog, there are many breed-specific rescue groups that are easily found on the internet. Search under “rescue dogs”, “dogs for adoption”, “dogs for sale” (by state), “purebred dog rescue”, and “American Kennel Club breed rescue”. These are just a few of the search terms. Online you’ll find many sites offering rescued dogs for adoption.

Regardless of where you get your new dog, the first thing you should do is take your dog to a veterinarian. Depending on the need for vaccines, preventive medications and special treatments, that first visit will cost you anywhere from $ 50 to $ 300. Vet bills for a young puppy usually range from $ 100 to $ 300 depending on the puppy’s health and the area where you live.

Your next major expense and an important one in deciding if you can afford to adopt a dog, will be dog supplies. You’ll need lots and lots of dog food, a leash, collar, bed, toys and so on. You may also want to send your dog to obedience classes if you’re unable to do the necessary training yourself. The first year with your new dog can cost twice as much as the annual cost in subsequent years.

Feeding Your Dog
It’s important to feed your dog a high-quality dog food and healthy dog treats. This can cost anywhere from $ 20 to $ 60 per month ($ 250-$ 700 per year). Food expense varies based on the size and energy level of your dog. Obviously a Great Dane eats more than a Chihuahua, and a dog that snoozes all day long requires less food than an active one who’s bouncing around the house or yard all day.

Toys
Dog toys are an important part of your dog’s mental stimulation and exercise. Plan on spending $ 25 to $ 150 per year or higher depending on how you like to treat your dog and whether it likes to chew and rip up the toys you do provide.

Beds
Every dog deserves a cozy bed, and purchasing one for your pet will cost you $ 50 to $ 250. Pricing is consistent with the pricing in mattresses for humans – it costs more for larger sizes and for quality beds. A durable, high-quality and easy-to-clean dog bed will last longer and keep costs lower in the long run.

Leashes and Collars
Your dog must have at least one leash and one collar with ID tags. Depending on size and quality, most dog owners spend $ 20 to $ 50 on a leash and collar. Retractable leashes are very popular and allow for easier roaming and exploration by your dog when out on walks.

Grooming
Your dog’s grooming needs are going to be based on the type of hair coat. Smooth coated, short-haired dogs require little more than basic grooming, while dogs with constantly growing hair like Golden Retrievers and Sheepdogs will need to visit the groomer on a regular basis. The cost of grooming visits will run you anywhere from $ 30 to $ 500 a year.

Routine Veterinary Care
Routine veterinary care is a major part of keeping your dog healthy. Plan on going to the vet for wellness check-ups once or twice a year. Budgeting is difficult if the need arises for emergency visits to the vet or unexpected illnesses for which you’ll have vet costs as well as medications or possible surgery costs. Vet costs will be higher if your dog develops any serious health problem. As your dog grows older you can also expect expenses to rise in conjunction with your dog’s advancing years.

Preventive Medications and Supplements
All dogs need medications to prevent heartworms, fleas, ticks and other parasites. Your veterinarian can recommend the best products based on your climate and your dog’s needs. Some dogs will also benefit from vitamins and supplements. In general, you will probably spend $ 100 to $ 300 per year for these items.

Obedience Classes
Though most dogs will only go to obedience school in their first year or two of life, training needs to be ongoing throughout your dog’s life. Whether you are buying books and DVDs for at-home training, or you enroll your dog in obedience classes, budget at least $ 25 to $ 300 per year for training needs.

Pet Sitters or Boarding
Most people will need to leave their dogs behind when taking a vacation outside the country or a long distance from home. This can cost $ 100 to $ 500 each time, depending on where you board your dog and for how long. Boarding usually costs less than hiring a pet sitter, but many dog owners prefer the individual attention a pet sitter offers and are willing to pay the added expense.

Emergencies and Other Unexpected Expenses
You cannot predict the future – the unexpected occurs in every life. Emergencies, chronic illnesses, natural disasters and other unplanned expenses can amount to hundreds or thousands of dollars per year. In a perfect world, dog owners would never have to make choices for their dogs based on money alone. You hope it will always be about what is best for your dog.

As you can see, owning a dog is a serious and potentially expensive proposition. Before adopting a dog that you will more than likely fall in love with, consider all the expenses listed above and be sure you will be up to the task of providing a loving and safe home for the pet that has caught your eye and stolen your heart.

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{Book Review} Story by Stephen James

Story: Our Journey of Heartache and Grace from Eden to Evermore by Steven James My rating: 5 of 5 stars Blend of poetry, journal like entries, a reflective story telling tone, “Story: Our Journey of Heartache and Grace from Eden to Evermore” by Steven James is a personal look through the whole Bible; Blending familiar



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Orders, orders

You might think, because I blog, that all of my customers come from the Internet. Not so! Just about EVERYBODY I know who has a pet is on this food! Most of the time, I send them to the web and they order whenever they want. They like that independence. But for some, I help them keep the cost down by having it all shipped to me.

People tend to order a day or two before they run out of food. I can’t really stock lots of food at my house (I have some aggressive kitties who can even figure out how to open a bottle of the kitty supplements — there’s one at my side right now who is persistently ripping into a bag of hairball treats ). So I keep the 2 and 3 lb dog and cat sample bags in my car to give to people as they order, and then every two weeks I put in a very large order. When you order $ 500 at a time, S&H is free so that works out all around.

I came home Saturday to a long handwritten note in my mailbox from the neighbors to the north of me. It’s a mom and her two adult daughters and an aunt, all living in this house with its basement apartments. They are GREAT neighbors! Woo, read my story on 16 cookies at my marathon running blog!

Anyway, they have a kitty and a new therapy dog. They were already great fans of the cat food and Instinctive Choice and after trying a sample bag of the dog food, they wanted to order a 60-lb bag and some treats and porkhide bones.

Then, some friends from church called and they need another case of canned cat food and a bag of Life’s Abundance for their kitty.

We’ve picked up about seven new customers between Val and my friend Joyce and I this last week via the Internet.

So it’s keeping me busy but I LOVE it!

A day in the life of a HealthyPetNet Rep

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Q&A: what causes a pet rat to scratch often?

Question by Miss Boop: what causes a pet rat to scratch often?
My pet rats seem to scratch a lot, i clean their cage every 4 days and use care fresh as a bedding.

Best answer:

Answer by ChelseaNoel C.
You MUST email me. We need to talk about rats!

First off, You need to FREEZE your carefresh…. Yes I said it. Freeze it. It contains mites and fungi that can hurt your rats! Mine contracted ringworm from it once. Its bc off the holes in the packaging that can get moist inside and grow bad things in them! Freezing it kills everything!

And The scratching may be bc they are younger rats. Twitching or running about fast is bc they are younger. Sneezing(Chirping) is them showing they are getting used to their surrounding smells.

I have had many rats and have one at the moment! I love ‘em.

What do you think? Answer below!

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Dog Invites Soda Claus To Decorate Home

True American Dog

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Off to the Flamenco!

This may look a rather strange way of walking the dog but in fact it’s sensible. This lady is waiting to get into the Flamenco Festival in Gorbio village – naturally pooch comes too – and with her own little carrying bag she has somewhere to sit comfortably – and feels secure -  whilst the performance is on.

If you want to see photos of the flamenco dancing please click on Menton Daily Photo.

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Retired Policemen Has Service Dog Taken Away

The Stupid, It Burns!I generally try to avoid the constant drumbeat of doom and gloom on the Internet. If you take much of what you see on Facebook and blogs at face value you wouldn’t think that in the past 10 years or so dog training, rescue, and animal welfare had come as far as it had. Fact is, most activists aren’t up to the task of winning hearts and minds without truthiness and drama.

But I digress.

In BraindeathAurelia, Iowa a retired policeman and war veteran has had to surrender his service dog because he (the dog) is a pit bull.

Here are the money quotes:

Aurelia is “simply exercising its authority to protect and preserve the rights and property of its residents — whether or not that’s trumped by” federal law. said George Wittgraf, an attorney representing BraindeathAurelia.

Well, it is trumped by federal law. This genius of an attorney didn’t just watch his client open itself to incredibly expensive legal and civil consequences, he’s bragging about it to the press.

Second, breed specific legislation does not protect communities. It is the refuge of lazy cowards that lack the knowledge and/or willpower to do what it takes to actually protect people from dangerous dogs.

“They had several people come forward saying they were concerned about the pit bull because of the nature of the breed. They just feel it’s unsafe. They’re aggressive and could hurt somebody. If the service animal was anything but a pit bull, it would have been fine,” said City Clerk Barb Messerole.

Yes, that’s right. Based on the complaints of several of the “friendly citizens of Aurelia” these Mensa candidates have decided to defy federal law and take away a disabled veteran’s service animal.

What more can I say? Brent Toellner has written volumes on the stupidity and ineffectiveness of BSL, and on the beautifully coined term panic policy making.” This appears to be a result of this kind of policy making: Aurelia’s breed ban apparently dates back to, get this, a single bite.

A miserable Christmas to you too, Auerlia, Iowa. Here’s hoping for coal in your stocking.

And a very, very, very, costly loss in court. The kind that ends careers.

Retired Policemen Has Service Dog Taken Away is a post from: Dog Spelled Forward


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ASPCA Assists in Finding Homes for Cats Rescued from Caboodle Ranch

ASPCA Assists in Finding Homes for Cats Rescued from Caboodle Ranch
Additional groups that provided assistance for the adoption events include: PetSmart Charities, Inc. (providing grants to all of the host communities, as well as wire cages and shelter supplies); Subaru of America, Inc. (ID tags); FidoPharm® (PetArmor
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Tia's Tex-Mex To Aid PAWS Pet Charity Fundraiser With Patio Tips
and transport animals, metal shelving, a large shed for housing supplies and kennels, a used ultrasound machine, a freezer, dryer and flea heartworm preventatives including Trifexis, Comfortis, Frontline, Pet Armor, Pednisone, Advantage and Revolution.
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Mega Adoption Events Set for Hundreds of Caboodle Ranch Cats Rescued by
Additional groups providing assistance for the adoption events include: PetSmart Charities, Inc. (providing grants to all of the host communities, as well as wire cages and shelter supplies); Subaru of America, Inc. (ID tags); FidoPharm(®) (PetArmor
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Jackal is a meaningless term

A side-striped jackal (Canis adustus), the jackal no one talks about.

We’ve always called the smaller wild dogs in the genus Canis jackals.

Historically, there were four species of jackal:  the golden (Canis aureus), the black-backed (Canis mesomelas), the side-striped (Canis adustus), and the Simien (Canis simensis).

Some authorities considered they coyote (Canis latrans) to be a jackal, usually called “the American jackal.”

At one time, they were all placed in the genus Thous.

This, of course, assumed that these animals were all closely related to each other.

However, as we’ve looked at DNA analysis, the relationship between jackals shows that the term “jackal” is actually quite meaningless.

In 1994, an mtDNA study revealed that the Simien jackal had certain mtDNA sequences that were more similar to wolves than other jackals. It was thought to be a relict population of primitive wolves that came into Africa during the Pleistocene.

And from that time forth, the English name of this species was change to “Ethiopian wolf.”  I don’t call it anything else.

However, as more work was performed on jackals, certain facts became evident.

Initial studies of black-backed, side-striped, and golden jackal mtDNA revealed that black-backs in East Africa had huge variances in their mtDNA. Golden jackals had mtDNA that was most similar to coyotes and wolves, while black backs and side-stripes were more similar to each other.

And then the phylogeny of the dog family was drawn from a high-quality sequencing of the dog genome revealed that golden jackals were much more closely related to coyotes and the wolf and domestic dog species than the Ethiopian wolf was. We still call them Ethiopian wolves, even though golden jackals are more closely related to actual wolves than those animals are.

The other issue revealed through this research was that Canis, as it is traditionally classified, is a paraphyletic genus. Modern taxonomy is generally concerned with classifying animals according clades. Clades are, by definition monophyletic. That is, they contain all the animals that descend from a particular lineage.

The dog genome research revealed that two species that are never traditionally classified as being part of Canis, the African wild (Lycaon pictus) and the dhole (Cuon alpinus), actually should be included there.  It turns out that black-backed and side-striped jackals are more distantly related to the rest of Canis than these two species are.

And if we classify Canis with all the jackals, the Ethiopian wolf, and  the wolf and dog species and leave out the dhole and African wild dog, we’ve created a paraphyletic genus that is not useful to modern taxonomy.

Some have suggested giving the two endemic African jackals their own genus.

And this would make Canis monophyletic without including the African wild dog and dhole.

However, the genus that would remain would include several species that are all chemically interfertile with each other (at least in theory). Species complexes exist throughout that part of the Canis, and delineating species is very difficult the species in this lineage.

Although Robert Wayne at UCLA has suggested that black-backed and side-striped jackals might be able to interbreed, no one has confirmed a hybrid between these two species. African wild dogs might be able to hybridize with dholes, but because they live on different continents and because they are both fairly endangered, no one has attempted to cross them. (There are persistent rumors that dholes can cross with domestic dogs. One dog breed, the Bangkaew dog from Thailand, is said to have derived from a dog/dhole cross. However, I don’t believe this claim has ever been tested through DNA analysis.)

All this research has revealed that how we have traditionally thought about the dog family is probably wrong.

The golden jackal is actually a primitive offshoot of the wolf lineage, just as the coyote in the New World is. The Ethiopian wolf is an even more primitive offshoot.

The two endemic African jackals are the two oldest living species in the Canis lineage. They are even more distinct from this lineage than dholes and African wild dogs are.

We do not have a good replacement word for jackal.

I’ve suggested that we call golden jackals “Old World coyotes” almost as a joke.

But I don’t have a good name for either of the two remaining jackal.

Because black-backed jackals are so scrappy, I’ve even suggested that we call them “wild Jack Russells.”

Whatever we call them, the term jackal, if it’s used to reflect close relationships between species, is utterly meaningless.

With the exception of the two found only Africa, it doesn’t refer to any animals that have a close relationship with each other.

It’s just a term we use for smaller wild dogs that are in some way related to wolves.


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