The 5 most expensive things my dog ate
Although our puppy budget included things like vet visits and training, it didn't account for the items our new canine companion destroyed.
This post comes from Christine DiGangi at partner site Credit.com.
This year, my husband and I decided to adopt a puppy. Our past experience with pets consisted of fish and parakeets, so we had a lot to learn: We talked to friends with dogs, bought “Dogs for Dummies” and did some Internet research. Upon accepting a future full of chewed belongings, various odors and constant vacuuming, we went to a shelter.
In March, we brought home Marvin, a 3-month-old mix of who-knows-what. He was a small guy, about 16 pounds at the time, and very shy. When he was small, he couldn’t even make some of his toys squeak because he wasn’t strong enough yet. Adorable.
That didn’t last long. Both the vet and dog trainer we use say he has exceptionally high energy, even for a puppy, and figuring out how to handle that has been an adventure. A costly one.
We planned for all sorts of expenses, but until recently, I hadn’t considered the value of everything he has destroyed. We’ve had him for nearly eight months, and our now 50-pound puppy has annihilated many things. Regardless of whether we were naive or misguided about pet costs, we never factored these expenses into our initial puppy budget:
Athletic equipment. Marvin loves to steal our workout stuff. He has a thing for my running shoes, which have a hole because of him, but they’re still usable.
The other day, Marvin tore apart my cycling gloves. I had owned them for a few years, so it’s not the biggest deal, but I had to replace them immediately.
Home decor. After at trip to Disney World (before we got Marvin), I brought home a particularly round stuffed Winnie the Pooh. Since the first time he encountered "Fat Pooh," Marvin loved it, but we were able to keep it out of reach for the first several months. Marvin finally succeeded in his attempt to kidnap Fat Pooh one day while I was on an important phone call.
He also ate three throw pillows last week. A relative made us pillows that looked like Scrabble tiles, spelling LOVE, and gave them to us for our wedding. Marvin and these pillows co-existed for months without issue. They were friends, you could say. He turned on them last Friday, which is problematic when you have pillows that spell things. We just have L now.
His belongings. The pillows weren't the first friends he turned on. After months of loving and carrying around the same toys, an owl and a man-shaped squeaky toy, he gutted them. We went through four owls because he liked them so much, but Owl IV lasted only about 10 minutes, so we stopped buying those.
We also subscribe to a monthly box of dog toys and treats. Most things don’t make it past their first night in the house — my favorite was when he broke a treat puzzle instead of solving it — but a few are still around.
Marvin doesn’t have a bed anymore; he now likes to sleep on a cheap fleece blanket, and he chews it from time to time. We should have started with the $7 blanket, rather than the three dog beds he went through, which cost $30 each and who-knows-how-much time re-stuffing and repairing them until we gave up. It was as if the new stitching were a challenge he couldn’t ignore.
Now, of course, he tries to sleep in our bed.
Our belongings. Like many dogs, Marvin likes shoes. He ate my husband’s Sperry boat shoes, and we’ve also both lost a pair of slippers, even though we do our best to never leave footwear on the floor.
Last month, we discovered how much Marvin loves tug of war. Unfortunately, we discovered that when the weather got cool and we started wearing long sleeves. I guess he saw sleeves as toys. We’re down four sweatshirts and a jacket. Upside: We learned how to properly play tug of war with Marvin.
Things that don’t belong to us. Let's hope my landlord doesn't read this. (If so, Eric, I'm sorry.) Aside from the usual wear and tear a puppy unleashes on a home, Marvin ate something we won’t be able to cover up.
He ate three patches of carpet in the townhouse we rent. Based on a little research, I think this is the most expensive thing he ate.
That’s about $1,300 in less than a year, but we haven't yet replaced most of it. Not everything is on this list, either.
While that’s a heck of a lot of destruction, I know there have to be stories out there that can top mine. What’s the most expensive thing your pet has destroyed? In the comments, tell us what happened and how it affected your finances.
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MOST PET CHAINS SELL A BITTER APPLE SPRAY THAT DOGS DETEST. AS SOON AS MY DOG TRIED TO BITE SOMETHING THAT WASN'T HIS, I SPRAYED IT, AND HE MIGHT TASTE IT ONCE, BUT WILL NEVER BITE THAT AGAIN!
We have a 9 month old golden retriever. We got her as just a little puppy.. 10 weeks if I remember right. Anyways.. the average list of things she has eaten or torn apart up to now include:
My flip flops.. multiple pairs = $25
Stuffed dog toys = $40
Rubber dog toys = $40
Blankets - we first used as dog beds = $25
Dog beds - when we thought the chewing was done = $60
Blankets - after the 2 dog beds were destroyed = $20
Puppy pads while we were potty training, tore evvvvery single one apart = $25
Adult size popazon chair (the wood frame) = $75
Drum roll please.... the MOST expensive thing my dog as chewed...
I am a photographer and had a lens sitting in my 'photography room' one day. I had it sitting in a cloth sleeve to keep dust off of it, but not necessarily protect it from falls. I left my room for just a couple minutes... come back to find the lens on the ground and the cloth bag tore to pieces!
Lens = $400
I am certain I am putting my Vet's kid's through College.
Just 2 wks ago, my 4y/o Golden Retriever ate a whole new roll of toilet tissue. It was a jumbo roll, from a jumbo pack no less; the kind you buy a warehouse grocery supplier so to save some money.........well forget that thought.
1 jumbo roll of toilet tissue mixed with aprox 1 quart of drinking water equals an emergency trip to Vet that lasted no longer than 20 minutes to make him ralph it all up(including his breakfast too). I roll toilet tissue = $248.
We will not even discuss the time he tore up the carpet 3yrs ago and ate the padding which remained lodged in his stomach(we didn't know at the time)and it stayed there for 2 years before it turned into a full blown blockage; to the tune of $4,000.
The look on our Vets face each time we walk into his office is........Priceless
This article is really about being a good (or bad) pet owner.
The author, Christine, tells us that she knew nothing about raising a dog, and then adopted a high-energy, large-breed dog? That's a recipe for disaster, and it has nothing to do with the dog itself... The picture accompanying the article shows a dog that is mostly boarder collie or something similar (a working dog). To be a responsible dog owner (especially as a newbie) you have to know the breed and the natural tendencies that come with them!
I've raised golden retrievers for most of my life. I've had 8 of them, and have never had a "bad dog" even though they're high-energy and get up to 100 lbs (or more!) as adults. Shoot, they end up being service dogs and have helped me care for my aging grandmother and mom.
You have to understand the breed, train accordingly, and most importantly PUT IN THE TIME AND ATTENTION! -You do that, and you won't have reocurring problems like those described in the article.
My husband rescued a one yr. old lab (molly) She has eaten shoes, socks, chewed up tv remote control, countless couch pillows, and his hearing aids ($4,000) All that in the first yr.... My 9 yr. old Cockapoo has never chewed or eaten anything other than her chew toys. Go figure!
Our beagle puppy is running quite a tab- My favorite shoes, a TV remote, my prescription eye glasses, a sofa cushion, my throw pillows, my carpet, my door in my bathroom, my wooden trim work, our sliding glass door screens, every tea towel in the house, all paper napkins, a library book, and more. Not to mention all of the holes in our backyard.
But not as expensive as the 50 cent piece of ribbon that the cat ate that caused $2,000 in vet bills, emotional trauma when he almost died and brought on years of diabetes, insulin and vet visits. LOVE pets.
Don't get me started on how much has been spent on fresh water fish and the now empty aquarium in my kitchen. It was called "TANK O' DEATH" for a reason!
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