How Much Would You Spend To Save Your Dog?
If dogs could have singles ads, my puppy's ad would probably say...
"Hi, I'm Andromeda. I'm 5 months old and I weigh 4.2 lbs. I love snuggling, attacking stuffed animals and chasing my tail. I'm insanely cute and naughty but I'm good at acting innocent... even when I'm chewing on my mommy's shoes!"
She'd probably also have a line or two about looking for a guy that can afford pink doggie sweaters, a skull and crossbones leash and a blinged out collar.
My sons, nine year-old Mr. O and six year-old Mr. T want to spoil Andromeda non-stop. I've actually had to explain to them how $37 for a doggie sweater is not a reasonable price. --I'll admit, it was a totally cute sweater and she would've looked SO fly in it... but then I came back to earth and remembered that Andromeda's a dog, not a person. Sometimes I don't want to spend $37 on a sweater for myself so heck to the no on dropping that kind of cash on 4.2 lbs of fur.
Yeah, my boys love her so much, sometimes I think they forget that she's not human. Last night I overheard, Mr. T say, "Since mom doesn't want to get pregnant again and give us a baby sister, Andromeda will have to be our baby sister."
Uh huh, yeah. Go on ahead and run with that idea, son.
But just like baby sisters, keeping little Andromeda healthy ain't exactly cheap. The shots, the worm medicines, flea treatments, and this month we have to pay to get her fixed... yep, she's almost as expensive as a real baby sister.
But if a real baby sister broke her leg and it was going to cost $4,000 for surgery, I'd spend the money to get it fixed. Would I do the same for Andromeda? Lately I've been asking myself how much I'd spend to save her/get her healthy. I don't yet have answer.
I love her and I'd feel awful if she got seriously hurt or had some sort of illness, but I hear stories of people paying out thousands to vets and I feel very torn over the idea of spending that much money on my pet. I'm not sure where to draw the line on paying to get her healthy vs having her put down.
I know, I can't believe I'm even thinking about this, but I'm SUCH a planner and a "what if" thinker. I like to have all my bases covered before disaster strikes. I'm investigating pet insurance, but there are so many plans, I don't know which one to choose.
I've also been thinking about how folks will trick their dog out and spend tons of money on health care costs for it, and then step right over a homeless person - an actual human being. That bugs me, and I don't want to go down that road.
I'll also be the first to admit that I've never understood the dumb people in scary movies like the Amityville Horror who run back in the house to save their dog - all while the demon possessed killer is after them. I'm still on the Forget The Dog, Save The People tip. I'm sure some people think this makes me a bad person but I figure it's all about common sense and moderation.
My whole family is enjoying her cuteness and loving taking care of her, but Andromeda is totally my little baby. Nobody else in this house got up in the middle of the night with her to take her out when she was seven weeks old, so she is my baby.
Anyway, while I mull over the big picture dog healthcare questions, you are more than welcome to donate a blinged out sweater, collar or leash to her I'm One Of Those Fly Los Angeles Dogs You Love To Hate efforts because clearly, I have a daughter to dress!