This is my third year of tracking our pet finances here at the House of Two Bows. This is an ongoing effort to get a practical sense of what it costs to keep two 20 ~ 30 pound adult dogs in an area of the US with relatively high costs of living. Previous posts in this series can be found under the category of finances.
Last month was quite the wallet wallop.
The Cost of (Pet) Things for August 2013:
- Food: $262 [previous month, $76]
- Treats: $47 [previous, $5]
- Grooming: $7 [previous, $0]
- Accessories and misc: $5 [previous, $0]
- Vet & Medical: $0 [previous, $289]
- TOTAL: $311 (running average for 2013 ~$189/month)
… yet, it was less than the total for July, since there were no August veterinary expenses to account for. At any rate, this is what it looks like when I attempt to stockpile enough food and treats to last the Bows four months, since I don’t expect RJ to do much shopping for them while I’m gone.
For food, I’m leaving them with 19 pounds of kibble (in addition to whatever was left in the tub when I left), 16 pounds of The Honest Kitchen dehydrated formulas (four boxes purchased on the buy-three-get-one-free deal at Pet Food Express: Embark, Force, Thrive, and Zeal), and the dozens of pounds of frozen chicken, organs, tripe, fish, etc. that was accumulated mostly last month. They get one more canister of The Honest Kitchen Sparkle to round out the summer. Besides all that, the only things I expect RJ to be picking up for the dogs is their morning yogurt and occasional eggs.
They still have a decent stockpile of treats, since this is the department that RJ knows how to handle by dehydrating chicken hearts. Meanwhile, I made sure to have a bunch of other edibles on hand that will hopefully help the Bows get acclimated to the new housemate occupying my absence.
Grooming expenses = a bulk of poop bags.
And finally, in miscellaneous expenses, a large water dish to help with the rearrangement of items in the house due to above-mentioned new housemate.
It’s tempting to call it a wrap at this point and just use these numbers to calculate the monthly average for the rest of the year. But honestly, I don’t know what the next few months hold by way of finances, pet or otherwise. At any rate, The House of Two Bows finances project is on pause for now. There may be occasion to check in later, but don’t expect anymore numbers until the the end of the year.