My previous two posts on saving money while having a dog were my two heavy hitters on how to save some dollars, since it’s how to make a month’s worth of food for around or less than $20 a batch and how in less than a year I was able to get reimbursed 82% of over a thousand dollars in vet bills.
Make Friends With Other Dog Owners
I have friends who have dogs who have unabashedly used their dogs to try and find significant others. My own little guy is a total lady killer. Seriously, he has paparazzi: last time I took him out, random girls were surreptitiously taking photos of him. Not that I’m bragging or anything. Though this has never led to a significant other for me, it has been a wonderful way to both meet new people and socialize with people I already know. Looking for a low cost outing? Pack a sandwich and organize a trip to the dog park. Or take the dog on a hike. Dogs need exercise to help keep them well-behaved and it also leads to outdoors time which is great for humans combating seasonal affective disorder, getting a dose of vitamin D and generally getting a mood boost. Even something as simple as a pre- or post- work walk with friends is good for you and your companion.
Having a doggie social network is also great for having built-in pet sitters and walkers. I have a network of friends in and around my apartment complex with whom I regularly rotate dog watching details. It usually works out pretty equitably in terms of time put in and the exchange of favors means I don’t have to shell out for a dog walker or kennel services. The bonus is they often chase each other, tiring one another out and reducing the amount of work you have to do to make sure your dog gets sufficient exercise.
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