Here's a Budget New York City Teacher Earning $85,000 a Year in a Month With Rescue Chihuahua Mix Dog - DodoWell

Here’s a Budget New York City Teacher Earning $85,000 a Year in a Month With Rescue Chihuahua Mix Dog – DodoWell

How much does it cost to care for a pet? It depends. Parents of pets across the country with varying income levels tell us exactly what they spend on their pets each month in our new series Parents Budget Notes for Pets.

We spoke with a public school teacher who lives in New York City who makes $85,000 a year to find out what she spends on her rescue dog, Piper*, in an average month.

works: public school teacher
age: 34
Site: New York, New York
salary: $85,000

dog age: 4 years
dog weight: 15 million pounds
dog breed: Jack Russell Chihuahua mix
dog personality: Piper is a slut singer. She’s very likable (but on her own terms). Unlike most Chihuahua breeds, they do not bark much, but they do like to whine to get attention.
When did you adopt your pet?: July 20, 2019

In our interview, the teacher explained that while her monthly expenses for a Piper don’t fluctuate much on average (except for any health issues), her puppy is officially spoiled — and she wouldn’t get it any other way.

“I spend a lot of money keeping my daughter healthy and happy,” the teacher told The Dodo. “But Piper has brought so much joy and love into our whole lives. So yeah, she gets expensive doggy food (and steak for her birthday dinner), but she pays for it with love.”

August spending

Here’s what this pet parent spent on her dog in August.

Miscellaneous accessories:

Total spend on accessories and miscellaneous: $580.70

Food and sweets:

Total spend on food and desserts: $176.99

Health Care:

  • Annual vet check-up with vaccinations $276.50
  • Visit the vet after reaction to vaccinations for $51
  • Health insurance of $31.52
  • Heartgard (12-month supply) for $72.70
  • Nexgard (6 months supply) for $138.14
  • Dental Tissue $3.97

Total healthcare spending: $573.83

August Diary Entries

Here are some of this pet parent’s diary entries for the month of August.

August 15

Mrs. Piper ran out of food (as I like to call her), so we visited our local pet store to buy a 6-pound bag of Raw Dynamic Rabbit Flavored Dog Food. The go-to pet store is Disneyland Piper where you get a lot of rewards during her visit.

When I first adopted the Piper in July 2019, I ate dry kibble, which can be bought in bulk at a reasonable price and lasts about three months. But Piper is no ordinary girl. Shortly after being adopted, she had a horrific bout of pancreatitis. Not only was that a scary moment as a dog mom, but it was also a very expensive discovery. The vet’s bill totaled nearly $900. The doctor put her on a bland diet of chicken, rice, and pumpkin puree. Piper’s condition did not improve, and soon she was biting her claws. That’s when we found out that this rude girl from Kentucky is allergic to chicken!

Fast forward to today, and our local pet store owner will introduce Piper Charlie Bears Whereas, I pay about $60 for a 6-pound bag of Raw Dynamic which takes up a lot of space in my freezer and only lasts about two weeks. It was the pet store owner who recommended this type of food after I discussed pancreatitis with him. She hasn’t had an allergic reaction or a bout of pancreatitis since then. Trust the local pet store owners! Piper gets very excited when we buy her food. She knows her yum yums will be served with a side of pumpkin puree – she wouldn’t eat it otherwise!

August 20

Piper watching me pack my bags for my next weekend trip. She is in dire need the moment she sees a suitcase. Unfortunately, our dog walkers are not available for pet sitting, so I ask my brother to stay with her overnight and give her walks in the morning and at night while he walks her regular dog walkers during the day.

Although I’m home for the summer, I choose to continue my dog ​​walking services. Piper loves her dog walkers, and I find that going back to work makes getting back to work easier if Piper has been walking regularly throughout the summer months.

When I got home, my sassy girl was happy for two minutes, then gave me a cold shoulder “why did you leave me” for the rest of the day.

August 26

As soon as I say the phrase “Grandma’s house,” my chihuahua’s expressive, pointed ears immediately buzz. She watches Piper and I pack her food, have dinner and some napkins to take to Grandma’s house. I pulled out her black dog stand, and she immediately jumped up. She loves to visit my father. We visit at least twice a month and they are always pampered to the max.

Piper may be a city girl now, but she’s still the belle of the South at heart. The subway raises a level of anxiety seen only in the vet’s office. Staring at me from her carrier, we order an Uber which we should take every time we go to Grandma’s house – this Southern belle must have only the best rides!

Pet spending can fluctuate from month to month (especially if any health issues arise), so it’s important to budget what you think you’ll spend on your pet before bringing a new friend home. Being a pet parent is a huge responsibility, but it’s also one of the best (and most fun!) decisions you can make in life.

* Names have been changed to maintain confidentiality, and diary entries have been modified for length and clarity.

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