The Human-Animal Bond: Priceless, Yet Affordable

By Thursday, January 14, 2016

This year, I want to write the second edition to my first book, Pampered Pets on a Budget, Caring for Your Pet Without Losing Your Tail. It’s been a few years since my co-author, Jeff Barnes and I released it, but it’s still highly relevant today.

As a nation, we had just shaken off the financial collapse of 2008 and it was evident that some people were surrendering family pets in order to make ends meet. Shelters and rescues across the country were pleading with pet lovers to adopt the latest victims of the recession.

Frankly, I’d choose to live under a bridge WITH my pets if I lost my home. I can’t imagine any kind of crisis that could come between my animals and I. But it does, and did happen to many.

Today’s costs for pet health care, food and other supplies have risen just as human health care and food costs have. So, we wrote the book not just for those experiencing financial crisis, but for anyone looking to save money on the ever rising costs of pet care.

In the book, Jeff and I uncover new ways to save on the products and services you need to take great care of your pets, without compromising your pet’s health or your pocketbook.

In Pampered Pets on a Budget, you’ll:

  • Learn the benefits of the human-animal bond to your life and your pocketbook
  • Discover your pet’s “must-haves” versus “nice to haves”
  • Understand the important, irreplaceable role of your veterinarian
  • Receive tips on how to save money during the lifespan of your pet
  • Obtain great information on pet adoption
  • Know the in’s and out’s of proper pet nutrition
  • Properly position yourself to give your pet the best lifestyle possible

Keep in mind, simply having a pet is a great investment that can translate to saving money on our own health and wellness!

Now, here’s where you can help! I’m soliciting clever cost savings advice from pet parents. I’m sure lots of you have dug-up ways to save, and I’d like to share them with our pet-loving pack! Email me at or post your savings tip on my Facebook page.

Pampered Pets on a Budget is available from: and and there’s more info about the book here.