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Old 06-15-2007, 02:40 AM
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I guess only people with a fat savings account can get dogs! No wonder there are so many in shelters. I guess I shouldn't have mine even though they'd pretty much all be dead if I hadn't adopted them. And it's funny, my vet has allowed me to make payments when I couldn't pay it all upfront. Other vets allowed me to use post-dated cheques while I get funds in order. A dog would have to be pretty **** special for me to pay $1500 and to be quite honest I can't imagine any that are more special than mine! And here I paid a total of $200 for all of them. lol

The point is, yes, it's good to have some money set aside even if it's just available on credit cards but because you can't pay $1500 upfront is no reason not to provide a loving home to a dog. Especially with so many in need of a little TLC. There are ways to get a dog the help it needs in the case of an emergency.

As for the other costs they vary from situation to situation. If you get a dog from a rescue they will probably cost less than $300 and already be altered with initial shots and dewormed. Minimum.

Doggy day care? If you need it. It sounds like the OP is home a lot so maybe she doesn't need it. I have never used it. It's certainly not the norm out here. I'd have to drive over an hour just to get them to one!

Health clearances? hm I don't think we are talking about a breeder here. Definitely a personal decision.

And training. Of course that's a great help. Especially for new owners but there is quite a range of cost and it's a monthly fee not a big sum upfront. Much more manageable.

4X the cost of the dog in a savings account? I guess I'm set with Sakari. 4X0 is $0 lol That's something I can afford!
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Old 06-15-2007, 03:09 AM
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I guess only people with a fat savings account can get dogs! No wonder there are so many in shelters. I guess I shouldn't have mine even though they'd pretty much all be dead if I hadn't adopted them. And it's funny, my vet has allowed me to make payments when I couldn't pay it all upfront. Other vets allowed me to use post-dated cheques while I get funds in order. A dog would have to be pretty **** special for me to pay $1500 and to be quite honest I can't imagine any that are more special than mine! And here I paid a total of $200 for all of them. lol

The point is, yes, it's good to have some money set aside even if it's just available on credit cards but because you can't pay $1500 upfront is no reason not to provide a loving home to a dog. Especially with so many in need of a little TLC. There are ways to get a dog the help it needs in the case of an emergency.

As for the other costs they vary from situation to situation. If you get a dog from a rescue they will probably cost less than $300 and already be altered with initial shots and dewormed. Minimum.

Doggy day care? If you need it. It sounds like the OP is home a lot so maybe she doesn't need it. I have never used it. It's certainly not the norm out here. I'd have to drive over an hour just to get them to one!

Health clearances? hm I don't think we are talking about a breeder here. Definitely a personal decision.

And training. Of course that's a great help. Especially for new owners but there is quite a range of cost and it's a monthly fee not a big sum upfront. Much more manageable.

4X the cost of the dog in a savings account? I guess I'm set with Sakari. 4X0 is $0 lol That's something I can afford!
Perhaps it is better to advise that if an emergency happens that someone just put the dog down because they are broke? After all, how much can the blue needle cost, $200.00 max!?
FYI: I have never been responsible for any dog being in a shelter and I take offence to the implication.
Call me crazy for beliving that those who should own dogs should be those who can afford them. Those who should have kids should be those who can afford to raise them.

FYI: Not all vets will allow someone to make payments or post date cheques. To advocate the atypical over the typical situation is irresponsible.
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Old 06-15-2007, 11:29 AM
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The dogs ive sold between $900-1300 are alive and well living better than the dogs ive sold from $1500-2000k

The one dog that the owner paid for with her tax return has never done wrong by him.

The find the people who can DROP 1500 like it was 15.00 are NOT always the best homes.

When thier is a will there is a way.

Pet owners may not have $1500 to drop on a dog but they will when needed mortage their homes. Ive heard of toy dog owner in AZ that left her wedding ring as down payment to save a parvo pup she paid 1000 for and it died any way. She did pay that bill.
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Old 06-15-2007, 01:36 PM
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Perhaps it is better to advise that if an emergency happens that someone just put the dog down because they are broke? After all, how much can the blue needle cost, $200.00 max!?
FYI: I have never been responsible for any dog being in a shelter and I take offence to the implication.
Call me crazy for beliving that those who should own dogs should be those who can afford them. Those who should have kids should be those who can afford to raise them.

FYI: Not all vets will allow someone to make payments or post date cheques. To advocate the atypical over the typical situation is irresponsible.
lol Irresponsible. That must be your word of the day. It's not irresponsible to let people know that there options out there for lower income families. In my opinion it's irresponsible to tell people that they can't have a dog because they aren't wealthy. Especially with all the dogs in shelters that need homes. Your logic is bizarre. Most people wouldn't be able to have dogs by your standards. Who is giving them the needle now?
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Old 06-15-2007, 01:45 PM
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I have seen some insults and even downright meanspiritedness on this forum on occasion. But the one in this thread takes the cake.
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Old 06-15-2007, 02:24 PM
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Bottom line, if you cannot afford the initial price of the dog you probably cannot afford an emergancy surgery. I read about people putting down thier dogs because they cannot afford to repair a torn ACL. That is not OK with me. As a pet owner you owe it to your dog to provide all care in case of an emergency. Unlike a human ER a vet will not bill you, you have to pay up on the spot. People need to ask the question if in the worst case scenerio can you afford to get Fido the emergency surgery? If the answer is no, you cannot afford a dog. Sorry.
apparently your vet doesn't give a crap about the animals he cares for, because i've never had a vet turn down a patient willing to work with them financially. and there's a big difference in paying 1500$ to buy a puppy and 1500$ on emergency vet care. emergency care is a necessity, while you can easily go get a puppy for 100$ at an animal shelter, and frankly, if the dog is just going to be a pet, then 70% of the time you shouldn't buy from a breeder anyway.
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Old 06-15-2007, 07:38 PM
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apparently your vet doesn't give a crap about the animals he cares for, because i've never had a vet turn down a patient willing to work with them financially. and there's a big difference in paying 1500$ to buy a puppy and 1500$ on emergency vet care. emergency care is a necessity, while you can easily go get a puppy for 100$ at an animal shelter, and frankly, if the dog is just going to be a pet, then 70% of the time you shouldn't buy from a breeder anyway.
Walk in here with a dog that has bloated or had to have an ACL surgery and then tell me what is what. Feelings, semantics and other BS aside. Emergency surgery costs money, and 95% of the time it is pay now or no play. Sure you can be a broke ass with a dog, homeless people have dogs all of the time. The question is can those broke homeless people do crap if thier dog gets hit by a car? Probably not.
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Old 06-15-2007, 07:39 PM
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lol Irresponsible. That must be your word of the day. It's not irresponsible to let people know that there options out there for lower income families. In my opinion it's irresponsible to tell people that they can't have a dog because they aren't wealthy. Especially with all the dogs in shelters that need homes. Your logic is bizarre. Most people wouldn't be able to have dogs by your standards. Who is giving them the needle now?
Your logic is to buy a cheap dog and wing it. May work some of the time but WTF happens when YOU NEED to do emergancy surgery and your broke ass can't pay for it? Who pays then? The dog, that's who!
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Old 06-15-2007, 09:25 PM
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Holy hell. Jurai, you have spewed some of the most judgemental crap I've ever heard. I can't even begin to tell you how absolutely wrong you are.

I have kids. I know full well that accidents happen and are very expensive. There is a difference between not spending $1,500 on a dog and not being able to afford medical bills.

My parents black lab, that they've had for 12 years, just had to go to an emergency clinic because she was bleeding internally, they found a tumor that had burst and had to remove it, and after x-rays and MRIs and surgery, my parents paid over $4,000. So trust me, I know what I'm getting into.

I don't have to justify myself to you. And I wasn't asking for a free dog, ever. Or even a cheap one. All I was asking was about the different breeds so I can get a better idea of what breeds we can look at once we get his allergy testing.

You went off here for no reason, but I sure hope you made yourself feel superior now...because to everyone else you just look like an ass.
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Old 06-15-2007, 09:27 PM
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4X the cost of the dog in a savings account? I guess I'm set with Sakari. 4X0 is $0 lol That's something I can afford!
You got that right


and to the OP...sorry this went way in left field I hope you will find a suitable breed (or maybe even a shelter dog) for you and your family whether it costs $100 or $1000
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