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RIP and Financial Peace

March 2nd, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Our beloved dog passed away peacefully last week. He was around 11 years old (we adopted him as a young adult of around 1 to 1-1/2 years old, so his exact age was unknown to us). 7-1/2 months ago he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, so we knew that this day would come. But even if he had lived for another 7-1/2 YEARS, it still would have felt too soon to say goodbye.

Post-diagnosis, he lived a nearly "normal" life until the last 30 hours. DH & I did everything we could to keep him happy & comfortable. We followed his regular routine as much as possible, making modifications to adjust for his changing physical needs. When the end came, it came swiftly, and his passing was as peaceful as anyone could possibly hope for a loved one.

When DH & I were making decisions about our 4-legged boy's care and end-of-life, we never had to ask ourselves "What can we afford?" We only asked "What do we feel is best for him?"

What "financial peace" means to me is knowing that I can care for my loved ones who are depending on me.

In my early 20's, I "inherited" 2 cats. I was a single, young gal living in a studio apartment, not very good with money. (Truth be told, pretty ignorant about personal finance.) When one cat became very ill at a young age, fortunately I had some money set aside that I had been saving to buy a car. I wiped out the savings to pay for her treatment. She recovered and lived happily for about another 14 years.

When I was becoming more knowledgeable about personal finance and created our first budget, shortly after we got married (when money was still pretty tight), I created a Pet category and allocated extra money to it every month beyond what we needed for the cats' basic needs. When the balance grew to 4 figures, DH asked why we weren't using that money for something else. I told him "some day we are going to need it." DH talked it over with a friend who is older, financially responsible, and a pet lover (basically a mentor); the friend agreed with me, and DH never again questioned why I set aside extra money for our pets each month. Over the years, we needed that money, for our cats and later for our dog.

Our pets never had a bunch of toys. They didn't wear clothes. They had nothing with a luxury brand label on it. They had good-quality basic "gear” plus several nice extras. And they never lacked for love, companionship, training, mental stimulation, physical exercise, quality food, or excellent veterinary care. Knowing that we were prepared and were able to meet all of our pup's true needs gives DH & I a real sense of peace.

RIP sweet boy. We love you.

10 Responses to “RIP and Financial Peace”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    I am sorry to hear. Frown

    We are going through a recent diagnosis of cancer for our pet cat.

    I often think this is what the masses don't *get* about being a *saver.* I will gladly save and do without today, so that times like these it does not matter. The financial impact of all this is a *shrug* to me. That sense of peace is absolutely priceless.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I just lost my little girl last year and I miss her so much. I am sure your "boy" had a wonderful life.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    ((Hugs)) as you grieve the loss of your dog.

  4. TexasDisneyGirl Says:

    I'm sorry for your loss. We lost our dog to cancer last year.

  5. NJDebbie Says:

    I'm so sorry for the loss of your dog. I know exactly how you feel and I know it's a very difficult thing to go through. My beloved Max died on September 19th, 2012 and I still miss him like crazy. ((HUGS))

  6. scfr Says:

    Thank you all for your kind words, and I'm so sorry for all of you who have gone through (or are about to go through) a similar loss. I'm continuing my volunteer work to help dogs, and I have started the wheels moving on a "legacy project" that will directly benefit shelter dogs, so that our pup's spirit will live on in a positive way.

  7. Baby_nurse Says:

    I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. It's amazing how much we can love these furbabies.

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    {{hugs}} Frown

  9. Analise Says:

    I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved pet. He was a lucky boy to have you in his life.

  10. Lal Says:

    We put our fog down neatly three years ago. We too had cancer and did chemo etc. He had a good last few months. Price tag could not be calculated.

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