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  1. Monica
    January 23, 2012

    As a pet owner, I can relate to the costs associated with them. However, the best thing about being a pet owner is the unconditional love you receive from them, and that is definitely priceless!

    • YFS
      January 23, 2012

      I agree, I love to see my dog after a long day at work. She is always so happy to see me! What kind of dog do you have?

      • Monica
        February 14, 2012

        Although I've always been a dog person, I have grown to love my husband's two cats! One is sweet, the other is beautiful but prissy. In fact, we call the prissy one "rotten" because she is so spoiled and has an attitude. I hope that when our son is old enough and responsible enough, we can get a miniature English bulldog:)

  2. The Jenny Pincher
    January 23, 2012

    Great idea to have resolutions (goals) for your pet! I have one cat that needs medication twice a day so I know how much the cost of pets can add up. But like you said they are part of the family! I need to get better at brushing my other cat regularly. He likes to leave little hairball treats for me around the house when I've neglected using the furminator on him!

    • YFS
      January 23, 2012

      Hahah at hairball treats. To remind me to brush my dog I set an alert in my phone. I try to brush her every 2 days to prevent matting. What kind of cat do you have?

      • The Jenny Pincher
        January 23, 2012

        That is a good idea about the reminder in the phone. There is one medication I give my cat only a couple of times a week so I remember to do it on the days my trash and recycling come. As soon as I pull those to the curb I go give her the medicine. It helps me remember that way. I should do it with the brushing too for the other cat. The one that requires meds (Gina) is a calico and Toby is the hairball king. I think he is a mutt cat with the thickest fur around!

      • YFS
        January 23, 2012

        I use the omnifocus app on the iphone for reminding me of everthing. I live by it!

  3. World of Finance
    January 22, 2012

    It's funny how EVERYTHING effects our personal finances. Great tips to having a healthy pet ;) Good luck with the tredmill. I'd love to see a pic of this one.

    • YFS
      January 22, 2012

      I will do you one better and show you the video I have of her running for 25 minutes on the treadmill :-)

      • World of Finance
        January 29, 2012

        Looking forward to seeing the video :)

      • YFS
        January 29, 2012

        I posted it on twitter a few days ago but, I will create a separate post to highlight it

  4. Pam at MoneyTrail
    January 21, 2012

    I never knew how expensive pets can be until we got our dog, Rascal, five years ago. Exercise is absolutely the best thing to calm a dog down and reduce the naughtiness. I need to make sure I do this everyday too!

    • YFS
      January 22, 2012

      Don't you have a fancy treadmill? :-).. See if you can get your dog on it for 10 minutes a day

      • Pam at MoneyTrail
        January 22, 2012

        I love my dog dearly, but he's not the brightest of the beasts. I tried him on the treadmill once and he didn't do so well. He just stood there until he fell off the end. Any advice on teaching him?

      • YFS
        January 23, 2012

        I put my dog in it's harness and attach a leash to her. Then I straddle the treadmill and start it really slow while holding the leash so the dog has to keep up. after 2 minutes I increase the speed (slowly) then hold for 2 minutes. I repeat this process until we get to a good pace. At the 6 minute mark my dog just takes over on her own and I can take the leash off or drop the leash. She keeps walking at that point.

  5. Paul @ The Frugal To
    January 21, 2012

    Pets are a big responsibility and expense. Having said that, I can't see not having our dogs around, they are great companions!

    • YFS
      January 22, 2012

      You hit the nail on the head with this comment. Dogs will always need you in some capacity but they are so much fun!

  6. Miss T @ Prairie Eco
    January 20, 2012

    An added benefit is that the extra dog walks are added exercise for yourself, potentially decreasing your own long-term health bills. Pets are often referred to as one of the best exercise tools that you can get for yourself. Interesting post.

    • YFS
      January 22, 2012

      Good point, but unfortunately at the pace my dog walks/runs and the frequent stops I won't get much of a work out :-/. I remember taking my dog out for a 5 mile run and she completely messed up my work out. After the first mile at 7:30 she was done and looking for water. She's in pretty good shape for a small dog.

  7. 20's Finances
    January 20, 2012

    Having a pet is expensive! I am glad you are taking every precaution to avoid the unnecessary expenses. I know that pets are great companions (and I don't mean to hate), but it just sounds like a lot of work. I don't know how you do everything: job, blog, family, real estate, and pet? do you sleep? and people say I'm crazy… haha

    • YFS
      January 22, 2012

      I sleep on average of 4 hours a night. I'm an insomniac with a long to do list :-)

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