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 Estimate annual costs for routine care (depending on age and type ...

Teaching New Tricks at the Dog Park

By Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Chilly and I are happy to report that we met lots of great dogs and people during our two visits to  Cherry Creek Dog Park in Colorado. Chilly played while I chatted with pet parents about the various pet restraint options for dogs when traveling in cars.  Chilly wears his red Kurgo Tru-Fit Harness at the park, which gives me the perfect opening to talk about pet safe auto travel and the Toyota PET initiative. This family even let us try out the Zip Line on their Goldendoodle!