Somewhere in there, people forget that they're adding to their family. You don't pick children that way - you get what you get and work with it.
My blog-friend, Ari, recently wrote a post about a woman who was looking at Ari's foster dog and making judgments about it (unfounded and kind of crazy, actually), but it did make me think about obtaining pets in general.
All of our pets were "deals". The cats were given to us, Stormy the gerbil and Larry the Betta were pretty cheap. Kida was given to us and we adopted Revan from a Big Dog Rescue. But the cost of having a pet doesn't end with the purchase price - or even with the dog toys or food.
We are lucky in that all four cats and Kida only require the once a year checkup and shots.
Revan, however, is a different story. We originally got Revan because I sent the guys to the pet store to get a new fish. They came home with a dog. He's big and stubborn. He only likes peanut butter chewies.
And under that shorter fur, we discovered that he had a nasty staph infection. Very expensive trip to the vet. Drugs and special shampoo and the suggestion that we look into food that doesn't have much corn in it. Well, we did all that and the skin problems just kept coming back. I resorted to Desitin to soothe the hot spots and it actually works really well. He doesn't like the taste of it, so he doesn't lick it off (bonus!). We thought we had a pretty good handle on his issues until the other day when ZBoy was petting him and giving his ears a gentle tug (which Revan loves), when Revan cried out.
It was odd, so I looked at his ear...
It was all red and swollen and full of black gunk and smelled awful! Hair can hide a lot. So back to the vet he went. This one is a yeast infection. We got a bottle of stuff to squeeze into his ear once a day for a week. So far this year, I'm guessing this dog has cost us upwards of $800 - and we haven't even gotten to November and his yearly checkup and shots.
And apparently, he's allergic to just about everything. Shampoos, food and who knows what else. So our inexpensive rescue is costing us big bucks.
Hypoallergenic shampoo and conditioner - $20
Dog food with no corn, no wheat, no eggs, and no chicken
(apparently all common allergens for dogs) - $30.
The love and adoration that goes both ways between this dog and his humans?