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More on the dog, and financial ramblings

September 6th, 2007 at 06:05 am

Just dropped my dog off at the vet for a followup and more treatment for his infection. He is doing much better. However, the Elizabethan collar he is wearing is causing a commotion. My cousin's dogs are afraid of it, and bark and try to nip at him. Also, my cousin is quite worried about how her elderly parents, who are coming for a long visit starting this weekend, will fare with a big, rampaging dog who keeps bumping into everything. She brought up the collar at least fifty times yesterday -- not outright telling me to take it off, but obviously trying to get me to do it. I want to give him the best shot for recovery, so I'm holding firm. If the vet says today that it can come off, then I'll do it.

That's not money-related at all, is it? The money part is that today's visit will be another vet bill. I only budgeted $200 for vet/pet supplies, and have already spent $335, so that is blown out of the water.

I also budgeted $50 for furnishings/equipment, and spent $55 yesterday on a jewelry box, file boxes, a bath mat, a frame, and a pole for hanging my tapestry. And I spent $23 of my $30 budget for gas. So this budget obviously needs some work.

On the good side, I have $80 in my regular savings account which has accumulated from little things. When it gets up to several hundred, I'll transfer it to the money market, which is my emergency fund. I have $10,268 in there now, and my goal is to keep it above $10,000, so I'm doing all right there.

5 Responses to “More on the dog, and financial ramblings”

  1. scfr Says:

    Thanks for the update on your dog.

    Keep the E-Collar on! I've known people who take them off early or don't want their dog to wear one for a variety of silly reasons (the dog will be embarrassed, etc) and the result is usually an infection or a much, much longer healing time.

  2. JanH Says:

    Poor doggie! Glad things are getting better for him! I know about the pet budget. Mine has been blown for three months at least. Definitely need a budget redo.

  3. Ima saver Says:

    Hope your dog gets better soon.

  4. Nic Says:

    Ditto what scfr says. I work at an Animal Clinic and I've seen people remove collars for the most ridiculous reasons...such as bumping into things...it looked funny...etc.

  5. starfishy Says:

    Thanks for the doggie update - I'm glad that he is on the mend! Good luck with the collar debate...

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