The Cost of Owning a Pit Bull in the City, Pt. 1

When people say that owning a dog is expensive they never really break down what that means, so I truly had no idea how expensive they can be, especially if you want a well trained, obedient dog. I am not saying I have that, FYI.

The Difficult Task of Putting a Price on Our Pet’s Health

Cats vs Dogs: The Final Answer

Cats vs. Dogs: The Dollars and Sense Edition

Answers to Stopping Your Cat From Ruining Your Life

I’ve been watching episodes of My Cat From Hell on Netflix (you could also probably find episodes on YouTube), because, yes cats are adorable, and also I may get a cat some day and I wanted to have a sense of what to do in case I ever got a cat from hell.

Dog Wants iPad?

I don’t really have anything else to add to this, but just wanted to share the news that there are people who are willing to pay for iPad lessons for their dogs. [via]

Man’s Best Friend’s Food Truck

There are certain things we’ll buy even when times are tough. Candy (small luxuries). Booze and cigarettes (vices to get us through the hard times). And we’ll buy dogs all the ice cream they want because people are obsessed with their pets and the pets products industry is pretty much recession proof.

Saving Our Pets

Billfold pal Tess Vigeland answers the very tough question of what we should consider when our pets get sick, but we don’t have the money saved to take care of their medical bills.

What My Dog Costs Me, What My Dog Saves Me

Last week I got an estimate from my vet on a “minor” surgical procedure for my nine-year-old pit bull, Zen. Actually, they gave me two estimates—one for the surgery, plus some “optional but recommended” bloodwork, and one for the surgery, “optional but recommended” bloodwork, and a dental cleaning while she’s under sedation. The latter “estimate” came to a cool $1,021.96, which got me thinking two things. One: I should get a second opinion, and maybe a new vet, and two: Just what is the value of my dog? How much do I spend on her and what is she worth to me?

The Economics of Adopting a Puppy

Here is a real play by play of the starter and maintenance costs of your brand new best friend.