3.22.2012

the eight dollar dog

Getting Sherman was not easy. It took a lot of please, please, pleases to get husband to agree to a dog. Dan did not grow up with dogs. I, on the other hand, had dogs, cats, fish, birds, guinea pigs, hamsters and a hedgehog named Henry.
I'm not kidding. Henry was one mean hedgehog.

One of my selling points to get a dog was that dogs are super cheap. They barely cost a thing. All you have to do is buy food and maybe take them to the vet once or twice a year for shots.
Easy. Simple. Cheap.
Dan finally gave in. When we went to pick up baby Sherman, the couple just asked that we pay for any services they had already had done for the pups.
Sure. No problem.
They informed us that the pups had their dewclaws removed and therefore they were asking $8 for each dog.
$8.
For a purebred lab.
I’m pretty sure we gave them a ten and said keep the change.

So, we went skipping home with our eight dollar dog and here is what happened next: 
  • Doggy health insurance plan. Thank heavens we got this. ($300)
  • Kennel cough. ($150)
  • Digestive issues for 6 months. Likely cause- food allergies. ($300)
  • Conjunctivitis. ($110)
  • Digestive issues caused by possible “obstruction in tummy”. Who the blank knows what he swallowed. ($175)
  • Ear infection. ($50)
  • Puppy acne. No, I’m not kidding. It’s real. And it’s fairly expensive to treat. ($75)
  • Conjunctivitis round two. ($110)
  • Ear infection round two. ($50)
  • Not included: Procedure to remove his manhood, routine shots, heartworm, flea&tick, food, treats, toys, daycare and numerous dog beds that somehow keep getting destroyed.
And he’s only a year old.
I may have miscalculated a tad on the cost of an eight dollar dog.
Oops.

51 comments:

  1. Wow, he was probably the cutest puppy I've ever seen! And don't worry, we were in the same boat...I couldn't even keep track of how much we spent on Hazel's vet visits the first year--we were literally there every month. Luckily though, the second year has been much better and we've only been once so far. Knock on wood! :)

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  2. Don't tell Chief and Bailey but I'm pretty sure Sherman was the cutest puppy in the world! Just wait until you have babies, Sherman will seem cheap in comparison!

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  3. haha!! chocolate labs are the world's cutest pets!! We have a golden doodle (hypo-allergenic..since my husband has allergies). Yeah, I'm pretty sure dogs are more expensive than kids..

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  4. Oh he is such a cute puppy! Those blue eyes and brown fur are to die for!

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  5. bahahahaa! isn't that life, though?! seems we are always a day late and a dollar short.

    at least you have super cute puppy to show for it, right?!?!

    happy thursday friend!
    xo

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  6. This makes me laugh!!! I can just hear you trying to explain to your hubby why exactly Sherm is costing so much :) But can you imagine your life without you $8 dollar oops I mean million dollar dog?!!

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  7. Hahaha isn't that the truth?!? lol We have dogs, so I can totally relate to those unexpected expenses. But your poor pup!! I can't imagine having to deal with all of those things. =( He's a cutie!

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  8. Yes, but how can you put a price on the joy they bring you?? (We went through 3 dog beds in the first 1 1/2 years. This one may survive awhile. Age two is easier on the furniture, rugs, and pillows!) All those expenses--yikes! Getting Baxter was my idea, too. I am reminded of that frequently!

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  9. LOL! That sounds like our dog... they are totally worth it though.
    Cutest little guy ever!! Love his eyes!!!

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  10. Me and my husband want a puppy so bad! :) They are pretty costly, but oh so worth it right? :) LOVE.

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  11. OMG THAT PUPPY IS ADORABLE! His eyes!!!

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  12. Hmm... for a second I was getting really excited there because I'm trying to convince my husband to get a dog, but I think it might still be a while. When we do though, I hope it's a chocolate lab!!

    Catherine
    FEST (Food, Style & Travel)

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  13. Oh my crap, I am just blog stalking you because you wrote a really funny comment about a gun, and I thought it was best that I checked you out asap.

    That dang dog, is so farreaking adorable. and i don't even like animals. I might steal him:)

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  14. Why can't dogs stay puppies forever? So cute!

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  15. AW your pup is adorable! I definitely know + have experienced how much those little guys cost in the long run.. but once you look at that little face, it's all so worth it! xo

    http://dreamingenfrancais.blogspot.com/

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  16. Puppy Acne! Holy cow...I have never heard of it! Good thing he is so cute. Kinda like kids, you know they are going to cost a bit more than diapers but I had NO idea. Good thing she is cute too!
    Love and miss ya!
    KT

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  17. Sherman is the cutest puppy ever!
    Love,
    Mar

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  18. ha ha! yes, but the joy that pup will bring to your life is priceless! at least that's what i told my husband when we got ours! ;) he's adorable!

    new follower and your blog is just lovely!

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  19. Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog! Your puppy is ADORABLE, and yes, thank goodness for puppy insurance:)

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  20. How could he say no to that face! My husband never had pets and it took me 2 years to finally get some kitties in the house. Even though they are def costly, they are worth every penny (except when they wake me up at 4am to play!). xoox A-

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  21. oh my goodness. Sherman is SO adorable, but this just scared me out of getting a pup of my own. I'll stick with my little guinea pig for now :)

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  22. I will neither confirm nor deny that I came back to your blog just to look at that dog.

    The only dog I have ever wanted is a chocolate lab, and I would name him Joey. or her. this is a true story.

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  23. I forgot how tiny he was! He's a lemon but we love him!

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  24. Oh my gosh he is so cute! It will take years to convince my hubby to get a puppy, good thing I've already started with the begging!

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  25. I absolutely loved this! This situation was identical to the one with me and husband. I convinced him our dog wouldn't cost us much at all and we've spent well over a fortune since getting her! Wouldn't trade her for the world though. He probably would. =) Love the blog!

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  26. Oh my gosh! SOOSOSOSOSSO cute. Worth every penny :)

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  27. ahhh!! he is SO freaking ADORABLE! those blue eyes...sigh** xoxo

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  28. Ahahaha!!! This story is ALL too familiar! I did a post similar to this one with our dogs! Funny how even after all that, you can't help but love their sweet faces!!

    xo,
    Marcie
    A Sigh and Sanity

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  29. Sounds about right. Darn pups. So destructive but too stinkin' cute to resist!

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  30. I love that your wrote this. Harlow has had (in no specific order)
    1.Three Ear infections
    2. Two UTI's. Like UTI's as in what women get.
    3. Kennel cough.
    4. Obstructed tummy.
    5. Manhood removal
    6. Puppy bronchitis
    and several other emergency trips I've rushed him in where I'm convinced he's choking but it's actually just food stuck on the roof of his mouth.

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  31. Sherman, the Million dollar dog.

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  32. Hahaha! This is so funny! Sherman is SO cute!!! What a good lookin' dog!! ...he reminds me of my black lab Maycee with the little(ish) ears...I thought she was the only one! LOVE your blog!! =)

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  33. Oh my goodness, Sherman is worth his $8+ because he is SO SO beautiful. My pup, Bentley, had many of the same issues. We found out he was allergic to beef based food after about 2 years of being sick. We didn't have dog insurance though :/

    He's a cutie no matter the cost!!

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  34. Such a cutie! Totally worth the $8.00 plus everything else. Labs are the best ever, that's for sure. Puppy acne??? What the heck is this?

    xo

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  35. I just stumbled across your blog and I love it! We have a chocolate lab too and our story is almost the same as yours plus we paid full price for a full bred lab. Definitely had the puppy acne, ear infections, and conjunctivitis, and instead of digestive issues she had problems with bladder infections until she got spayed. Then we had a crazy scare with giardia! I definitely think labs are the best dogs out there, but they are also so curious and high energy that they always get themselves in trouble somehow or other. Lilah is 3 now and finally starting to mellow out a bit and I'm also noticing there have been less visits to the vet. Who knew that raising a lab would be like raising a child?! :)

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  36. Oh. My. Word. I LOVE that you named your dog 'Sherman'. So many people make fun of me for naming my cats 'human names'. I think it's hysterical,though. :) Sherman is absolutely adorable!

    XoXo

    -Jade Sierra-

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  37. How did you manage to not squeeze that puppy to pieces!?...even now that he is older, Sherman is one good lookin' $8-ish dog! :)

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  38. How sweet! Just look at those eyes!

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  39. Oh my is he handsome! I heart him! We're making our first trip to the vet today. Heaven only knows what that bill is going to look like. And let's just say that he was NOT an $8 dog.

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  40. Oh my goodness. Pets are so expensive if you treat them right. And how can you not treat a sweet baby boy like you have right? He's gorgeous!

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  41. $8, what a steal! but it does all add up! we are waiting for our bloodhound puppy to arrive (7/3!!) and i'm seriously thinking about pet insurance..now if only i can convince my husband that we need it! better safe than sorry? sherman is too cute! we're naming our pup 'henry'...something about dogs with people names (specifically old man names) is just too good.

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  42. Omg- with a face like that how could you resist?! Sherman (lol-"Sherman". Cool name.) strikes me as being worth every penny. :)

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  43. OMG he is beautiful! I convinced my hubby to buy my Murphy in college eeek! {that was a wild ride!} But now he is 3.5 and all those expensive puppy things are gone --- and he is more like a $20 a month bag of dog food dog -- hang in there :) haha

    check him out! http://creativelyclassy.blogspot.com/2012/05/womans-best-friend.html

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  44. But is soo sooo soo adorable!! Regardless of the cost, chewing on your sofa and whatever else he has in store for you I'm certain he has your heart :)

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  45. well he is a beautiful dog for $8 (and a little more)

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  46. Ok so I just found you today, but this so reminds me of the movie Marley and Me and the discount puppy or whatever it was they were calling Marley :).

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  47. Bless you for taking Sherman. I am in love, million miles away.

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  48. Cuteness!!!! Yep, I feel like Max in the million dollar pup! Ha! Although I've been super blessed to have him have great health other than a strange false positive for heartworms that I still wonder about since he has been on preventative before I got him but my Dad (who I help co-caregive for-he's 82)lately has began to worry about what Max wears, he HAD to have a Celtics Jersey (even though I support the Houston Rockets, Dad is a Celtic Fan sooo...guess what Max wears on Celtic night?), then there was the Valentines Day panic...it's ok Dad...got it handled...and the list goes on...not to mention my lapses in $$$ judgement when I see something I KNOW Max would like! ha!

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  49. oh my goodness i totally know what you mean! we've got two dogs over here at my house and we love them but man they are a lot of work and spontaneous expenses! it's like having children (i know i'll get in trouble for saying that someday). anyway i am obsessed with your dog! absolutely adorable!

    misterandmisseslake.blogspot.com

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