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August 01, 2005


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You didn't mention my favorite mutt, a yorkipoo. (I noticed this craze sometime last year but only made a short mention on another blog.)

Flawed logic... Just because some people spend exorbitant amounts of money on pets doesn't mean owning a pet is getting more expensive. It's similar to the wedding expense posts. Ms. Princess spends $250,000 on her wedding and raises the average, but that doesn't affect the cost of my wedding. Yes, there is potential to spend more, but the true cost doesn't change.

No matter how much someone spends on their labradoodle, you can still buy a dog for $80 at the humane society. Wait a year, and you will likely be able to pick up a designer dog if you really want one. Throw in $30/month for food, and about $50/month for medical expenses, and you have a cheap exercise buddy and companion.

Readers --

See the post above from the Savvy Saver.

See, I told you it was a controversial subject. ;-)


As important as it is to control expenses, I'd argue that it is a mistake to ignore that true wealth in life comes not only from saving and accumulating, but also from the act of giving. Our dog cost only $10 from the pound, but her unconditional, unlimited love combined with the knowledge that we've given an unwanted animal a good home has a value beyond simple quantification.

Setting aside for the moment the cost-benefit analysis of owning a pet, I don't see how the content of the post even supports the thesis. How does the existence of a new variety of overpriced designer dogs make owning a pet _in general_ more expensive? It seems like the introduction of more suppliers, even expensive suppliers, should shift the supply curve, and therefore the average market price one would expect, _downward_.

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