Pet Budgeting Exercise

By Monday, November 28, 2011

I'm preparing to do an interview on WTVT FOX 13 and Daytime on WFLA Ch. 8 in Tampa on Wednesday about my new book, Pampered Pets on a Budget.  As I outlined my talking points, I realized this would be helpful to my blog readers! We don’t always factor in the annual pet spend when we are deciding to bring a pet into the family. The key is to save on supplies and services so that you have enough in your budget for proper veterinary care. A lot of people are cutting preventative veterinary care to “save”, when in reality, those visits are very important and can save you money down the road. Start your 2012 pet budget off on the right paw with this exercise: 1. List your pet's "need to haves" 2. List your pet's "nice to haves" 3. Eliminate what your pet doesn't need from "nice to haves" 4. Find ways to save on the remaining list Save on veterinary care: (more tips are in the book, available at www.pamperedpetsonabudget.com) Estimate annual costs for routine care (depending on age and type ...

Half way there…

By Sunday, December 12, 2010

We've driven 994 miles so far, from Tampa, Florida to Bryant, Arkansas.  Chilly and I are taking a break from the road to visit with my Aunt Shirley and Uncle Mike. Great food, warm bed, and family. You can't beat it! If you follow my blog, you know that we are on a holiday road trip as part of the Toytoa PET initiative--to educate pet parents about the importance of using restraint devices designed for pets while traveling by automobile. (Read my Nov. 14th blog entry for more info about the program.) More and more Americans take Fido along in the car, whether it be to run errands, go to the dog park, or to take a family vacation. One in three pet owners admit that they have been distracted by their pet while driving in their vehicle, according to a recent study by AAA and Kurgo.  We all know that distractions can and often do lead to accidents. If you're headed out on a long trip with you dog for the holidays, here's what we've learned works ...

Getting ready for a Chilly ride!

By Sunday, November 14, 2010

At last! I took delivery of my 2011 Toyota Sequoia Platinum Edition last week.  Let me just say, this SUV is one bad mamma-jamma. I can't wait to show you why this is the best large SUV pick for pet owners! Chilly (my 1 year old lab mix) and I will travel from Tampa to Denver and back in December to set an example for pet parents who want to know how to travel safely with their pets in vehicles. Chilly just placed his order with Kurgo for a Tru-Fit Harness and Zip Line so he can safely enjoy the ride in the back seat.  As soon as it arrives, we'll install it and show you how it works! In case you missed it, since July, I've had the way-cool honor and opportunity to serve on the Toyota P.E.T. (pet expert team), along with five other influential pet experts across the U.S.  Collectively, we'll be sharing our knowledge and expertise  with Toyota to help them develop programs and communications to effectively teach pet parents the importance of pet ...