Have you ever calculated the cost of owning a dog? Most of us have pets because we love them, and most dog owners feel the love outweighs the financial investment. But, owning a pet comes with a lifetime commitment and providing for a dog can be pricey.
According to Pet Education, over a 14 year lifespan of a dog, your pooch can cost you anywhere from $4,000-$40,000.
Here’s a short list of doggy costs:
Purchase price (unless you are given a dog)
Vaccines and Vet bills
Let’s see if we can take a bite out of the cost of dog ownership by making some goodies for our best friends.
This tutorial form Sew4Home gives step-by-step directions for making an awesome collar. Here’s a green suggestion from Sew4Home: “When this collar or leash starts to show wear, simply cut off the webbing/ribbon and reuse the hardware to make a new one.”
My two pooches love these healthy dog treats. Their breath smells great too!
Wintertime walks can be painful on sensitive paws. Some dogs love comfy boots. Also, check out the video on how to fit your dog for boots.
Instructables provides a simple reuse for plastic bottles - upcycle them for water bowls.
5. Dog Tags
Leave it to Martha Stewart to provide downloadable templates that uses easy-to-find materials to create a customized ID tag for your dog.
6. Dog Bed
Craft Daisies has created an easy inexpensive pet bed to make.
8. Dog Tent
Here’s a canine camp shelter that gives new meaning to a pup tent.