So, we are thinking about getting a dog. Specifically, we would be adopting a boxer from a rescue. Joe had two different boxers growing up and is very partial to the breed, plus from everything I have read, they can be great family dogs. They do generally need a lot of exercise, but Joe would be able to walk it twice a day, and I could take it out during the day as needed to run around the backyard. There are also a number of dog parks around the area that we could take it to.
The biggest concern I have is how the dog would get along with our five year old cat, Peanut Butter. Since the dog we would be getting would not be a puppy, we would be able to request one that is good with cats, so that should be a help. I have not owned a dog as an adult, and my mom did most of the training for the dogs I had when I was growing up, so this is a whole new area for me. But I’m thinking I will have to train our cat to eat at certain times of the day instead of leaving his food out all the time.
I’m also trying to think of all the expenses that will come out so we can be prepared budget-wise. The dog will come already spayed or neutered and microchipped. Here’s what I have so far:
- Adoption fee
- Dog license
- Food bowls & food
- Crate & dog bed
- Leash & brush
- Toys & treats
- Flea/tick and heartworm prevention
- Vet checkups and vaccinations
- Pet insurance
Let me know if there’s anything else you can think of that should be on the list.
I’m not sure when this will be happening, but hopefully sometime this year. I’ll keep you posted on our progress!