Have you started saving for your dog’s training? If not, now might be the time to talk to your credit union or payday loan provider about financing because apparently it’s an integral part of modern pet ownership.
Getting a dog for my daughter recently has involved all sorts of ridiculous expenses, from the practical – food, bedding, 10 million poop bags – to the downright frivolous – several different harnesses and matching leashes to match the owner’s look to vote for the day. I even had to help with the expenses and shell out a few hundred bucks for pet insurance, although as a kid all you ever wanted to do was call the vet if you wanted an animal put down.
So sending the dog to some sort of grad school wasn’t something we factored into our costs. It was necessary because the dog gave a special glow to my middle son, who is skinny and tanned and therefore looks a bit like a pepperami, so the dog naturally tries to eat him every time she sees him. which is fine; teething puppies chewing on their owners is fine, but the possibility of it happening to someone outside of the family couldn’t be ignored, so off to puppy school.
Our beloved golden retriever finally paid off. I took her to the beach a few times and everyone came over to admire her, cooing at her and playing with her before asking me if she was a labrador. No, I snapped, she’s a golden retriever, with special emphasis on the golden part so they know this is the real deal, not some labrador/retriever mix. But every single person I encountered on our walks asked if they were a lab, to the point where I googled what a golden retriever actually looked like and looked from the dog’s face to the computer screen and back again while I tried to calm myself that we hadn’t been sold a puppy (metaphorically).
I needn’t have bothered as the puppy trainer took one look at the bitch upon arrival at our home and informed us that she was in fact mostly a lab, that our so-called golden retriever was a golden scammer and that we purebred chumps were different for thinking.
After that bombshell from our dog Nanny McPhee came another – her 90 minute sessions were supposed to cost €75 each. I began to wonder if the training was really worth it – maybe it was okay that the dog thought my middle son was a chew toy? Maybe a bit of mangling would toughen him up, get him used to the dog-eat-dog world of modern capitalism, and besides, does he really need two arms and two legs? According to my wife, yes he does, and the dog needed intervention for his addiction to human flesh, so the trainer was paid for a few sessions and the dog’s desire to eat us all subsided. This meant all I had to worry about was how to afford to raise my own litter of puppies.
Most of the bills for the upcoming school year have now been paid, but the oldest faces the most expensive time of her education as she awaits college offers.
It is a tense time for everyone. For them the fear that they might not get the desired course. For us, the fear that she will get the desired course and we will then have to pay for it. But it’s a wonder she’s dying to go to college; this is the girl who has been begging to leave secondary school for the last three years she has been there; who had no idea what she wanted to do in college, who took a class on a whim and found something she loves and wants to pursue. We even had our doubts about her commitment to dog ownership, but she spends most of her free time — and almost all of her money — on it. She has grown into a responsible, forward-thinking young person, unlike her parents who were less concerned about funding their human children’s education than their dog’s.
https://www.independent.ie/life/family/parenting/educating-puppies-doesnt-come-cheap-but-its-worth-it-in-the-end-41901123.html Raising puppies doesn’t come cheap, but it’s worth it in the end