- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
Getting a dog has completely changed our lives. It’s harder, but also better in uncountable ways.
- We have a lab mix that we adopted at 9 months old. We leave her home alone (crated) for 6 hours at a time. It’s a pretty big crate that she can easily break out of. However, usually she stays put so I figure that means she can’t hate it. We keep her toys in it, sometimes hide treats in her blankets, and make sure she always has water available. While she doesn’t love it yet, she doesn’t hate it. She’ll go in when we tell her to, but when we’re home, she expects to be with us. She’s (knock on wood) never had an accident while we’ve been gone.
- Don’t get a lab mix ;-). She needs to be walked for about 3ish miles a day. We do a walk in the morning at night, and give her constant access to our fenced in back yard. Her foster family lived in an apartment building and said she was miserable. She’s only 40 lbs, but all wiggle. She needs plenty of wiggle room.
- She eats through about 30 lbs of dog food a month (all that wiggling!). We use Earth’s Pride from BJs, so that tends to be about $50-$60 a month. We also supplement with fruit and veggies I prepare. Sometimes meat too, if what I’m making is something she can eat. We spend about $300 or so on necessary vet visits and mediations (flea and heart guard), and about $250 on emergency vet insurance. I’d say annually, about $1,400 when including treats (we use veggies) and toys.
- Our dog gets walked twice a day for about 45 minutes to an hour each time. She’s allowed to run in the woods and in our back yard. We live in a great neighborhood so she’ll usually interact with people and other dogs during that time. We also make play dates with friends/family’s dogs that we trust. We used to like the dog park until she got bit by someone’s nasty dog (bit several dogs that day), so we stick to dogs we know. Fortunately there are a lot.
The biggest commitment to having a dog is the time. We work on her training pretty frequently. When we first got her, we trained from sun up to sun down. She’s become a wonderful docile little thing, but it was HARD for a long time. But so worth it <3