Welcome to The Levi and Cooper Chronicles. I'm the 'Cooper' and my baby brother is the 'Levi.' We're not siblings in the literal sense of the word. He's a miniature schnauzer and I'm a miniature poodle but our differences go far beyond our breed. You see, I'm the famous angel dog who blogs from the Rainbow Bridge. Well, not famous down on earth but up here in doggie heaven all canines get to do whatever we like and I like blogging. We dogaroons up here can also gaze down through the magic water under the bridge and keep tabs on our humans. Isn't that cool! After I discovered the magic water, I decided that little Levi---who got adopted into the family shortly after my departure from earth---could use a guardian angel. When he blogs he types in pink and when I put my two cents worth in I type in blue.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Cost of Raising a Puppy

First Year:
422.94---Adoption day costs 4/25/08
048.88---First pet store purchases
078.38---First trip to the vet
050.00---Puppy socialization class fee
012.53---Kong toy and treats
005.59---3rd trip to pet store - Kony toy
013.99---Eagle Holistic puppy food
125.32---2nd Vet appointment, shots and vaccinations
018.01---Colossal playmate duck
337.80---Animal Emergency, hurt paw 5/17/08
009.99---Doggie day pack
004.91---Travel blanket
033.00---Grooming, puppy intro.---bath & pretend haircut
020.00---Dog license 5/20/08
003.49---Rope for training 'come' command
110.00---Obedience class fee
028.51---Bag of dog food and two bags of treats
028.74---Bag of dog food and two bags of treats---again
100.00---Fee for Puppy Obedience 101 class 6/08
004.99---Gadget to clip leash and Levi to stationary objects
041.00---Grooming---haircut, bath and blow dry 6/18/08
007.90---Grooming comb 6/22/08
004.49---Kong football for playing outside
303.74---Neutering, blood work and micro-chipping 7/30/08
006.24---Onsie to wear so he can't pull out his stitches
028.74---Bag of dog food and two bags of treats
006.85---Flea comb for combing schnauzer beard
010.00---graduation day photo, obedience school
022.24---Bag of dog food and untangling comb 8/13/08
021.90---Easy Walk Harness, on line
003.99---Blinker for collar to use at night
110.00---Adult obedience class fee 9/13/08
028.61---Large bag of dog food
010.99---Winter coat
008.99---Pet bath wips
037.80---3 sentinel tablets, flea and heart worm medication
011.67---Squeaker duck and puppy treats 10/5/08
010.00---Homemade dog treats, farmer's market
026.95---Furminator - grooming tool
045.00---Grooming appointment 10/14/08
006.00---Squeaker toy
033.98---Eagle Holistic dog food 10/10/08
010.80---Wellness treats and new stuffie toy
028.61---Large bag of dog food 12/10/08
003.59---Christmas neck scarf
010.98---Small bag of adult dog food to mix with puppy food
020.07---Large frog stuffed toy - 12/31
045.00---Grooming appointment
037.80---3 Sentinel prevention pills 01/03/09
006.98---2 bags of training treats
011.65---Pull toy for Levi's play dates
033.36---Dog food and a $5.99 fleece toy
037.80---3 Sentinel pills 03/03/09
015.49---training pouch for walks
160.60---one year vet check up with shots
$2,666.88 grand total spent for the first year in our puppy's life. This does not include the hat, bathrobe and two throw rugs Levi chewed up. We also had two cages and a dog bed left over from our previous dog plus assorted leashes and collars that we were able to recycle for Levi's use.



parlance said...

I sure know what you mean! Those puppies cost heaps. But...income in terms of love, fun and renewed interest in life - a million dollars plus.

Maggie & Mitch said...

Don't total it or you might freak! hehehehe
But you're well worth the price, Levi!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

4xBs said...

... and the love that you receive in return ... priceless!

hee hee - our mom says we're worth it 100 times over.


Emma the Golden Girl said...

and the Canine Kids said,
It is amazing when we write down the figures just how much it costs to raise a puppy but it is sure worth it because our lives are filled with unconditional love.