Best Household Pets

A household is typically defined by the individuals who inhabit the home. However, a pet is often overlooked and not included when members of a household are listed. Pets in a home can be prominent members where some owners treat their pets like humans! Some animals are easier than others, so we wanted to explore the options available when it comes to household pets. Each one requires different needs, wants and expertise. 

Dogs

Dogs are probably the most common household pet. They are the most domesticated animal and can be found all around your neighborhood and town (especially after the pandemic where the at home time made them popular). Different breeds require different needs but for the most part they are like babies that need you to take care of them and can’t do much for themselves. Some require more attention and exercise than others, some have more medical concerns, some eat more than others and some do well with families and other dogs while others don’t. Depending on your situation, it is good for you to research and see what dog breed would be nice for you. You can get dogs either through a breeder or through a rescue. Regardless of where you are getting your dog be sure to do your homework on where they are coming from. You need to be sure you can afford a dog as well. Not only do they require food but their medical upkeep can cost a pretty penny. You can try bestunitedstatescasinos.com to earn a few extra bucks.

Cats

Besides dogs, cats are the obvious next common pet. Cats are great for certain people just like dogs are great pets for others. Cats are different from dogs in that they are pretty self sufficient and don’t require exercise or human attention. They keep to themselves and are trained to go in the home and do not need to be taken out to do their business. They can also be left for longer periods of time when dogs can not. Similar to dogs, you can go through a breeder, rescue or even a pet store to get a cat. 

Reptiles

There are many uncommon pets for a home, but reptiles may be the next in line for household pet popularity. Animals such as lizards, chameleons, snakes, and turtles are able to be held as pets but require a lot of care and attention. Most need to be kept at certain temperatures and fed particular diets. Be sure to find a high payout online casino to afford their upkeep.

Birds

Some people like to have birds in their homes as pets. Birds, unlike most household pets can live long lives. Their lifespan ranges from 20-100 years, so if you want to enjoy a bird in your home then be sure you are in it for the long haul and have beneficiaries lined up after your passing!


Small Mammals

Small mammals like guinea pigs, hamsters, bunnies, mice and rats are popular household pets. They are relatively easy to take care of but have a particular diet. They also tend to require frequent cleaning to avoid smells.

As a reminder, animals are animals so they do have different instincts then humans and should be monitored at all times. This is another factor into choosing your pet. Look at all of the animals listed above to see what would work best for you and your family. 

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How much does a Vizsla (or any dog) cost?

***If you don’t care about my dog that’s fine. But you MUST scroll down to the bottom of this post and respond to my question about a dress that is breaking the internet. This debate could very well destroy my marriage.***

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As many of you probably know, we got our dog Nova, about a year and a half ago. Nova is a Hungarian Vizlsa (Vee-Shluh) and pretty much the best dog in the whole world. She came from a breeder out of Montana, and we picked her out (from her seven siblings) when she was six weeks old (we didn’t bring her home until she was 8 weeks however).

If you are like 99% of people out there who don’t know what a Vizsla is, allow me to inform you:

  • Vizslas self-clean. Like a cat.
  • They are an odor free dog. No dog smell.
  • They produce no natural body oil, so no greasy hands after petting.
  • They are completely brown (eyes, nose, paws, belly, toenails).
  • They are a “pointing” dog, bread to hunt birds.
  • They have insane stamina and are considered extremely high energy.
  • Their average adult weight is between 45lbs and 60lbs.
  • They are extremely trainable (goes with the hunting breed).
  • Rub em down with a dry towel weekly and they are clean as a whistle. They only need to be bathed once a quarter.
  • They cost between $1,000 and $1,800 as a pup.
  • They are super sensitive. You yell, they cower in fear.
  • They are known as the Velcro Vizsla because they attach to you like glue.

We paid $1,000 for Nova and couldn’t be more in love with her.

We will never own any other breed. And I’m not just saying that to be dramatic. We’re totally convinced Vizslas are the best kept doggy secret.

How much does a dog cost after the purchase? 

Being new puppy parents, Girl Ninja and I had a lot of learning to do and Nova had a lot of vet appointments to attend.

As soon as you get your pup you should schedule a vet visit. The vet will check the overall health of the dog and probably give them some shots. This will happen every couple months for the first year of their life. Kind of like a baby, puppies have a weak immune system.

Our vet charges $50 for each visit, plus the cost of any medications/supplements/etc provided.

Thankfully, Nova has only been to the vet for routine appointments. We had her spayed at about 6 months old which cost us $437. That was definitely the most painful of the vet bills, but they took good care of her.

With all the shots and vaccinations young dogs require, we’ve spent a total of $950 on veterinary visits (this includes the $437 spay) over the course of her life.

Since we did not have a dog before getting Nova, we had a handful of purchases to make prior to getting her. A leash, collar, kennel, dog bed, some toys, doggy shampoo, dog food, etc.

We buy her a good quality, grain-free, dog food called Taste of The Wild off Amazon. It is the only food she’s ever been fed outside of the occasional treat, and she seems to do great with it. It’s a little pricey at $45 a bag, but it’s a heck of a lot better than that Purina crap. A 30lb bag lasts us about 6 weeks.

Nova’s costs break down as follows:

– Purchase price: $1,000

– Flight to get her from Montana to Seattle: $250

– Vet bills, including spay: $950

– Food, toys, supplies: $500

– Total cost in first 16 months of life: $2,700. 

If you are thinking about getting a puppy, your costs will likely be pretty close to ours. We don’t spoil her rotten by any means, but when it comes to her health we make sure she’s provided for. If you’re not willing to buy a quality dog food, or make all your vet appointments, I’m not sure you should get a dog.

Similarly, if you don’t have $1,500 to spend for all of these things, I’m not sure you should get a dog.

Things should taper off a good bit from this point forward, and I expect her annual cost to us to run about $500/year between shots, vaccines, and dog food.

We love her to death and she’s seriously been the sweetest dog to Baby Ninja. He tugs on her big floppy ears. Rolls around on the ground with her. And has even taken a dog toy right out of her mouth. She totally gets that he is fragile and when she is around him she treads very carefully.

We were a little concerned that her energy might be an issue and that she would bulldoze him, but that’s not how it is at all. While there is no denying she is a fireball with endless energy, she knows that outside is the place to get that energy out. When she’s indoors she is pretty much just following us around or sleeping.

She’s the best.

And now is the time where I get to show her off to you…

First time meeting her…

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Her first time meeting Baby Ninja…

 

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Looking like they expect me to entertain them…

 

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She stood like this for five minutes…no joke…

 

 

 

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Getting out her energy…


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I’m going to explode from all the cuteness…

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She loves to do tricks…

 

But hates her doggy conditioner…

 

 

p.s. People that think I’m terrible for buying a dog from a breeder instead of a shelter; save your breath. I don’t really feel like I need to justify why I wanted a dog from a breeder. Much like I don’t feel a need to justify my love of meat to vegetarians. To each their own.

 

 

MANDATORY READER RESPONSE.

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Net Worth: March 2014

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During my last net worth update I offered up $100 to any reader who could give me a boy name that GN and I liked so much we decided to use it. One of those names is on our short list. In the top 2 actually. Nothing is locked in yet so feel free to keep contributing. As soon as we’ve made a decision I’ll be announcing it here!

Enough small chat, here’s a recap of our last month (spoiler alert: it was awesome)…

A$$ets:

Cash: $40,389; +$7,935

Had a good month as far as cash flow is concerned. Made some decent money online which always helps. I’m looking to drop our cash reserves down to $10,000 or so in the next few weeks and finally start investing in taxable accounts, for short term investing.

Roth IRA: $50,587; +$2,308

Still need to put money in here for my 2014 Roth Contribution. Will probably use some of the cash above to make that happen. Investing for retirement isn’t my favorite thing in the world, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t do it.

401Ks, Traditional IRAs, etc: $87,968; +$6,266

Last month’s trend was down on all accounts and fortunately, the opposite is true this month. I’ll take an $8,000 gain in my investment accounts over a 30 day period any day. That’s more than Girl Ninja and I bring home. Woohoo.

Home equity: $74,226

If we sold our house today I think we’d reclaim all of our down payment, but probably not much else (due to the transaction costs of selling a home). The amount above reflects how much cash I think we’d walk away with if we put our house on the market right now.

Obligations:

Credit Card: $2,443 (change not reflected since balance is paid off each month)

I did something I’ve never done before that cost us a lot of money. I finally paid our car insurance in one lump sum payment, instead of on a monthly basis. Safeco charges me a $2 transaction fee each month, so I decided to say screw that and pay my premium in full. Hurts the credit card statement a little this month, but saves me money in the long run.

I’m so pumped to announce…

WE ARE OFFICIALLY QUARTER MILLIONAIRES.

That’s right, our Net Worth currently stands at $250,726 . Which means we jumped up over $17,000 last month. It’s crazy and I don’t necessarily understand it, but like I’ve said before, you don’t need to make a million dollars to be a millionaire. 

And here is my obligatory dog picture, Nova fully engaged in Dr. Phil…

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You can see all of my net worth updates here.

Had to go with my gut.

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So remember how I posted a few weeks back about the new addition to our family (a dog)? We put down a $500 deposit with a breeder in Southern California back in June, which put us at the top of the list for a puppy from an upcoming litters.

That litter was birthed two weeks ago.

Many commented on my earlier post that they were disappointed in my decision to get a puppy from a breeder, as opposed to adopting a shelter/rescue dog. I expected as much, and don’t really feel like I need to justify why I wanted a dog from a breeder. Much like I don’t feel a need to justify my love of meat to vegetarians. To each their own.

Over the last few months I’ve been doing a ton of research, preparing for the day we get to be puppy parents. During the course of said research, I stumbled upon some things that gave me uneasy feelings about the breeder we picked.

It started on a Vizsla forum, where some users expressed concerns with the breeding facility. I found a news article, dated back in 2010, that disclosed the breeders were investigated by local authorities for animal abuse by a handful of former employees. While all of the charges against the breeders were dropped, there was one thing in the article that bothered me…

Though officials did see some dogs in kennels that were too small and exposed to too much sun, none of the more than 100 animals’ lives were in immediate danger and the problems were correctable

So while the dogs may not have been abused, I was shocked at the sheer quantity of dogs on site. I mean 100+ animals forces me to question the integrity of the breeder. How can they possibly be caring for each puppy and giving them the attention/stimulation they need. Was quantity more important to them than quality?

As disheartened as I was by the news report, I tried to give them the benefit of the doubt, reminding myself the charges were dropped. I also wasn’t jazzed about the idea of forfeiting my non-refundable $500 deposit.

Last week I requested a copy of the “buyer/seller” agreement for review. After reading the contract, I knew I had made a bad choice in breeder.

On the breeders website they advertise all of their dogs come with a two-year health guarantee against a variety of common health issues. This guarantee is important to me, as it shows the breeder stands behind the quality of their dogs (something puppy mills couldn’t care less about). That’s why I was totally disturbed by the following statement…

“The Seller will guarantee the puppies health for a period of two (2) years from the date of birth, if Buyer supplies the dog with NuVet Plus for Canines®  & Life’s Abundance Dog Food on a daily basis.”

What the heck? You’re only guaranteeing my dogs health if I feed it a specific multi-vitamin and a specific dog food, every day, for two years? That would have been nice to know before I gave you $500.

It gets worse.

The breeder forces the buyer to order these supplements/food with a specific order code the breeder can track. Something didn’t feel right to me about this, so I shot the breeder an email asking if they made a commission off these sales. Their response…“Yes we do.”

 

That was the nail in the coffin for me.

What if my puppy is allergic to the food they require be fed? What if my vet recommends a different multivitamin? What if I lose my job and can’t afford $70 for a bag of dog food?

The health guarantee was supposed to give me peace of mind, but instead was turning in to a big nightmare. I could not, in good conscience, support a breeder that gave me reason to question the integrity of their business. Especially when there are a million reputable breeders out there.

I sent them an email indicating I would not and could not sign the contract in its current language. They weren’t willing to change the agreement, so they refunded me my money and let me walk. Thank goodness!

The silver lining is that we managed to find a small time breeder out of Montana that has a few puppies available. She has owned her one female Vizsla and one male Vizsla for over five years. They are her only dogs, and they have had two previous, and completely healthy, litters together. After some lengthy conversations, pedigree verification, phone calls with the vet that has checked out the puppies, and review of the contract we’ve decided to put in a deposit on one of her pups.

I leave for the Netherlands on Friday, and our Vizsla will be ready to come to our home a few days after I get back in Mid December. We’re super pumped! 

Have you ever had an uneasy feeling about a business transaction before?