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Costs involved in owning a Dog


diesel
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I have a 10 year old Labrador who is a much loved member of our family. He is very obedient with a lovely nature and in relatively good health.

When we acquired him we realized that it would involve us in quite a bit of expenditure to keep him in food and other costs but decided that we could afford it and was well worth it for the pleasure and exercise it would give us.

To give you an idea of the annual costs involved- Specially formulated Labrador food £500 Annual inoculation and examination £40 Flea & Worm preventative products £100 Health & liability insurance (age related) £300

This totals £900 per annum before any hidden or unexpected expenses.

When buying a dog I wonder if people realize how much they will have to spend over possibly up to 15 years? It makes you think when you work it out?

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Quickbeam

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Everything in life has a £cash cost to it, but keeping a dog is much cheaper and healthier that the traditional smoking, drinking and whoring vices...

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carver

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Quickbeam we don't have a dog because they are bad for the environment, far better to own a 4x4 or a muscle car enter link description here you dog owners are just killing the planet.

Another link enter link description here

Every body thinks they are just cute puppy's but they are planet destroyers.

Cats are far better

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Quickbeam

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There are many people that are as affectionate to their 4x4 as we are to a dog, but a 4x4 won't do anything useful like perpetually returning sticks, balls or game all by itself.

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carver

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Quickbeam forgot about that part, should have remembered that 4x4's don't fetch sticks but can a dog do this enter link description here

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Quickbeam

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But is the 4x4 any good after that for other essential 4x4 tasks like fetching the kids back from school, going around the corner for milk or even driving across a snowy shopping mall car park...?

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Noldi

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Seeing this thread and missing our dog that would have been 15 on Wednesday. I remember back when she was a pup and we just budgeted for the dog, bed, toys and some food after that she was part of the family and spending money on her was same as the kids. In the end she was very ill but we spent a lot of money trying to save her, the pet insurance reimbursed us some but the cost of a dog is out weighed by what they bring into your life.

Noldi

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Quickbeam

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Dogs also give a handy life line reference to your memory. The average dogs life being about 10 years effectively categorises your life into easily manageable segments of life.

For instance we got a boxer when I was 6 that lived until I was 14, although that was at the shorter end of the canine life span at only 8, that dog seems in my memory to have been the longest living of any because she was always there during my formative years. The last boxer I had lived to 11, but seemed to have lived and died in a flash.

In my case life is divided into 6 parts so far, 2 or 3 more will probably do me...

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john bunyan

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A 4 x 4 can cost £6000 a year in depreciation alone.....

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Quickbeam

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Strangely all my cars and bikes also provide a lifeline memory reference. There have been 20+ parts with those.

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michaelw

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And there's still dog owners in my town that take them out very early and won't clear up the mess. Walking the gauntlet is very annoying.

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