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?

Regrets of a Cat Owner

In the summer of 2009, I adopted a kitten from the animal shelter, and it was love. It was also TNT to my savings account!