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Catching Up: The Dog (aka: A Time to Spend)

January 12th, 2013 at 04:56 pm

This is by far the most difficult "Catching Up" update to post.

During the time I was away from SA our beloved dog developed terminal cancer. After consultations with specialists and heartfelt conversation, DH & I decided not to put him through surgeries followed by confinement for a couple weeks and then months of chemo. Instead we have focused on keeping him happy & comfortable for as long as we can. He is doing very well and has stayed with us longer than expected already.

Our decision was based on what we felt was best for the dog. All of you who have been through this know just how badly we wished we could have sat our boy down and had a chat with him to find out what HIS wishes were. But since we couldn't, so the tough decision fell on us.

I am thankful that we had the money to pay for the surgery & followup treatment, had we chosen to go that route. My heart aches for people who have to choose their pets' care based on what they can afford.

Even so, our pet-related expenditures have gone up. He is getting daily medication. We bought a 3rd doggy bed for him, so that he would have a comfy place to lounge in ALL the rooms he hangs out in. I buy cheese just for him when I go to the grocery store ... it's his very favorite. Smile And cleaning costs are up. Bedding (human & dog) is being laundered more often, carpets are being steamed (DIY) more frequently, and I even broke down and bought some Arm & Hammer carpet powder that is supposed to help get your carpets cleaner when you vacuum. Today I took the comforter to the cleaners for a cleaning that it wouldn't have needed if he wasn't sick ($33).

And this spending is perfectly OK! This is one of the reasons why we have saved so hard for so long. To see to his needs and keep him comfortable.

Suze Orman has a mantra that we change up a little bit in our house: "People AND PETS first, then money, then things."

12 Responses to “Catching Up: The Dog (aka: A Time to Spend)”

  1. twest Says:

    Aww so sorry to hear this.

  2. North Georgia Gal Says:

    So Sorry about your dog. They really do become part of the family.

  3. mjrube94 Says:

    Sorry to hear that as well. I love my dog; he's truly part of our family. I think this is all money very well spent. You won't regret a dollar of it! Best wishes for more quality time with your pup!

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:

    {{{hugs}}} I'm so sorry to hear this. Definitely - humans and pets come before money.

    One of my co-workers is very worried about her dog. She is a sweet, sweet dog. She's had several UTIs recently. The vet looked at her yesterday and checked her anal glands - he found a lump. Right now they're taking a wait and see measure, but she may have to be biopsied. It is a very hard thing.

  5. NJDebbie Says:

    I lost my Lhasapoo on September 19, 2012 and I would've done whatever it took to save him. I hope your dog continues to do well and may you have many precious moments with your beloved pet.

  6. lartiga Says:

    I am very sorry to hear about your sweet boy. Pets are part of the family and he is very lucky to be in yours. You are doing the best for him, not doubt. I wish there were more people like you in the world.

  7. CB in the City Says:

    You made a good decision on his behalf. He is lucky to have you (as you have been lucky to have him!)

  8. scfr Says:

    Thank you everyone for your supportive comments. It's so nice to be amongst a group of people who really understand that personal finance is not just about a number & a "whose is the biggest" competition but a reflection of our values.

  9. Maranatha Says:

    I'm sorry to hear aobut your boys illness! It warms my heart to read your post, it is beautiful and brings tears to my eyes. Alot of people don't understand how attached one can become to their pets. Just like our human children there is nothing we wouldn't do for them! It is very sad for people who don't have money to get neccessary treatments for their pets, I can't even imagine what they must go through. He is lucky to have you!

  10. Ima saver Says:

    WE lost our beloved Holly last year. No amount of money could ever make up for all the happiness she gave us. We are leaving money in our will to an animal teaching hospital to insure that people who cannot afford surgery for their pets will be able to get it.

  11. Looking Forward Says:

    So sorry for you and your pup, but it sounds like you are enjoying and making the most of your time left. It's hard when they are sick and you can't ask when they are ready to 'go'. Take care. Frown

  12. scfr Says:

    Ima saver - I'm so sorry to hear about your Holly. I know she meant the world to you. The provision in your will is wonderful and a great tribute to her.

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