When Paul told me he had brought home two German Shepherd puppies, half of me was shocked and desperately worried. How were we going to cope with them in a tiny bungalow that didn’t even belong to us? The other half of me was completely thrilled. I’ve always loved German Shepherds to part of me felt like this was destiny. As I said in my earlier post about them, we’re both animal lovers, so to us they were the perfect new addition to our little family. Although I’m sure my in-laws don’t agree!
However, I don’t think many people, including myself at that point, are fully aware of the implications of owning a dog. Hopefully, today’s post on the real cost of owning one should set the record straight.
MONEY MONEY MONEY
First and foremost, dogs have a life-long bill attached to them. Not only do you have to pay for them but then there are the vet bills for their jabs. Then worming tablets, food, treats, toys, bedding, collars, leads, insurance, grooming costs… The list goes on. It costs a lot. Don’t underestimate this as it may leave it a bit short if you don’t plan and budget.
NO NETFLIX AND CHILL
Luckily for Paul and I, we work from home so we are there for the dogs. This was especially important before they could go outside as they were constantly going to the toilet indoors (nice). However, if you work coming home you would usually get to use those few hours to just relax and unwind. But dogs need exercise, love and companionship. Many pets are cooped up just waiting for the moment you walk through the door. Consider the time factor before getting younger, less dependent animals. You may end up spending any free time with them to make up for the day you weren’t home.
Walking takes up a bit of time. Luckily for us, Chaplin and Pharaoh are able to burn some energy in the garden and can’t have long walks just yet (bad for their hips). But there are other things that are time-consuming and this can happen even before getting them! is why it’s often better to go to a place like
Finding a good breeder takes some research. That is why it’s often better to go to a place like Douglas Hall Kennels where they hand-pick the breeders for you. In addition, you have vet appointments, feeding times etc. If you already lead a very busy or social life, it’s probably safe to say that you aren’t ready for a dog yet.
Within the first few days of bringing the dogs home, I discovered that dresses were no longer apart of my wardrobe. Although dogs can be wonderfully patient and gentle animals, they can get a little excited by movement of flappy clothes, especially during teething.
Furniture has to be comprimised too. Sometimes dogs can get a little chew-happy. A lot of this is down to frustration if they have not been out all day, so it’s not actually the dog’s fault that they act up. This is why I have removed the idea of a fabric sofa and carpets (it’ll smell!) and gone with minimalist design in our home. Less to destroy!
BUT THEY’RE WORTH IT!
Chaplin and Pharaoh honestly light up my day. Yes, they stress me out sometimes (mainly with the chewing and poop licking, gross) but they are just babies and it gets easier as they grow. I love them so much and there is no other animal that loves you like a dog. Just be sure you can invest time, love and money back into them.