daycare http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1429/all en-US Free Day of Doggie Camp http://www.wisebread.com/free-day-of-doggie-camp <p><img width="209" height="267" alt=" " src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/questions.jpg" /></p> <p>My friends at <a href="http://www.itchmo.com/read/a-free-day-of-doggie-day-camp_20070319">Itchmo</a>, Ben and Emily Huh, recently reminded me that Petsmart offers a complimentary day of doggie day camp at <a href="http://www.petsmart.com/doggiedaycamp/locations.shtml">participating locations</a>.</p> <p>Need a day off from your fun-loving dogs? Ship them off to daycare and spend the day doing what you want, free of guilt.</p> <p>From <a href="http://www.petsmart.com/entertainment_book/ddc/">Petsmart.com</a>:</p> <p class="blockquote"><strong>What are the benefits of doggie day camp? </strong>Doggie day camp provides play, exercise and socialization with fully supervised, personalized attention. Dogs of all ages will enjoy making new friends, and you'll have peace of mind knowing that our safety standards are unparalleled. Plus, participating in doggie day camp is a good way to help reduce boredom for your pet.</p> <p>There are restrictions - male dogs have to be neutered and can't be a &quot;bully breed&quot;. No wolves or hybrids. Five month age minimum. All the required vaccines, etc. You can read more about it on the Petsmart web site.</p> <p>Photo by <a href="http://www.morguefile.com/forum/profile.php?username=pdell&amp;MORGUEFILE=u9tnrnapko9r4s1a85tck8dc55">pdell</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-day-of-doggie-camp">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-watch-these-adorable-puppy-and-kitten-videos-and-learn-how-to-care-for-your-own">Wise Bread Reloaded: Watch These Adorable Puppy and Kitten Videos and Learn How to Care for Your Own, Frugally</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-food-for-diabetics">FREE food for diabetics</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/give-a-dog-six-bones-free">Give a dog SIX bones...FREE!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-2gb-ipod-shuffle-from-compass-bank">FREE 2GB iPod Shuffle from Compass Bank</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-1-couture-critters-are-expensive">Pet Peeves Part 1: Couture Critters Are Expensive!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Freebies canine care daycare dog free pet care Petsmart puppy walking feeding Tue, 03 Apr 2007 22:23:10 +0000 Andrea Karim 448 at http://www.wisebread.com Pet Peeves Part 1: Couture Critters Are Expensive! http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-1-couture-critters-are-expensive <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/pampered_pooch_small.jpg" alt=" " width="199" height="273" /></p> <p>All totaled, my dogs cost me $600 every month last year. </p> <p>Between vet visits and allergy meds and their special diet and grooming and the dog walker and new bedding and a bark collar and having to replace my entire first floor carpet because of one doggie&#39;s explosive bowels, I spent more on my dogs each month than I did on my own health and beauty needs. </p> <h4>Doggie Vogue </h4> <p>Just so you don&#39;t think that I&#39;m one of those curmudgeons who refuses to dress her dog up for Halloween, I would just like you to remember this: I contemplating paying over $1000 to give my dog a facelift. And for the record, <a href="http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/216274_dogfacelift17.html">it&#39;s not that unusual</a>.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/dogstroller.jpg" alt="copyright Ben Huh" title="copyright Ben Huh" width="331" height="355" /></p> <p>My current home, Seattle, has more dogs per household than children. I don&#39;t think that this is a bad thing - we&#39;re just a dog-lovin&#39; town. Although most Seattle dog owners are probably the fleece-wearing, kayak-owning, large-dog caregiving types, we are no stranger to the coddled cutesy canine - we&#39;re home to several <a href="http://www.urbanbeast-seattle.com/">excellent boutiques</a>, some of which sell outrageously-priced but fantastic doggie paraphernalia. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hmb-seattle.com/">High Maintenance Bitch</a> features some of the <a href="http://www.hmb-seattle.com/fashion.htm">greatest items</a> you will ever find for your precious little Poopsie (note: the store is having a fight with some no-humor, overly-sensitive parents regarding the store&#39;s name - apparently, parents are horrified that children might see the b-word on a sign while walking down the street). There&#39;s no shortage of <a href="http://www.shopluckydog.com/shop_lucky.php">online shops</a> in which <a href="http://www.funstufffordogs.com/Qstore/Qstore.cgi?CMD=009&amp;DEPT=1136424771&amp;CAT=1144602175&amp;ADMIN=YES">you can blow tons of money</a> on <a href="http://www.pingmag.jp/2006/02/22/dog-fashion-gone-crazy/">unnecessary bling</a> for your little things (for the record, my shih tzu is named Little Thing, as in &quot;You&#39;re such a cute little thing!&quot;). Even <a href="http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/sr=1-16/qid=1172267340/ref=sr_1_16/602-6628124-7073447?ie=UTF8&amp;asin=B000ENEEHS">Target</a> carries a frighteningly adorable array of <a href="http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/sr=1-8/qid=1172268088/ref=sr_1_8/602-6628124-7073447?ie=UTF8&amp;asin=B000GLI7NK">fashion for Fido</a>.</p> <p>Pets get everything these days. Pet therapists will tell you what weighs on your critter&#39;s mind. Dogs get massages.</p> <p>I don&#39;t get massages myself, but if I heard that I needed one for my dog, I would consider it.</p> <h4>Resistance is Not Futile </h4> <p>But we must resist! Or if not resist, then definitely evaluate. Childless dog owners like me often have a misplaced parental necessity to dress up and coo over our little precious puppies, but to what end? </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/kim-n-zero.jpg" alt=" " width="336" height="370" /></p> <p>Some dogs love to dress up (my sister&#39;s dog, a Lab-Sharpei-Chow mix pictured here with my sis), likes to strut around in my brother-in-law&#39;s t-shirts. You&#39;ve never seen a dog with prouder body language than Zero once you put a t-shirt over his giant head. But of my own dogs, only one tolerates his rain slicker; the other throws himself bodily against any available surface in an attempt to remove any stitch of clothing on his long, fat little body. </p> <p>Neither of them particularly likes being dressed up as a pumpkin, as much as I want to subject them to it. Believe me, I love the idea of getting them dolled up and photographed.</p> <p>But I also think it&#39;s important to figure out what is best for your pet. Take the rain coat example - I finally determined that it simply wasn&#39;t going to work with one of the dogs. He doesn&#39;t mind getting rained on, and it only takes me a minute to towel him off, so now I know not to waste my money on buying clothes for him. </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/emily_nemo.jpg" alt="copyright Ben Huh" title="copyright Ben Huh" width="281" height="391" /></p> <p>A local Seattle blogger named Ben Huh (whose family moniker has officially eclipsed Momofuku as Best Last Name Ever) runs a cutey-petooty site called <a href="http://www.itchmo.com/">Itchmo</a> that tracks Seattle pet happenings, and he posted a helpful article about <a href="http://itchmo.com/read/bid-on-my-dog-food_20070221/">saving money on pet food</a> that I found useful. That&#39;s his wife Emily, with their pooch Nemo in the picture. It was because of Ben&#39;s site that I decided to start a five-part series of posts on the <a href="http://www.queercents.com/2007/01/16/the-high-cost-of-pet-care/">cost of pet ownership</a>, and include some tips on how to reduce those costs. Well, that, and finding out <a href="/balancing-act-the-perils-of-budgeting">what our Sarah spends</a> on her turtle every month. </p> <p>I&#39;ve gone from spending hundreds on my dogs every month to spending maybe $100 a month, including vet care. I&#39;ve learned a thing or two about caring for the fussiest creatures, and I&#39;ll be sharing that with Wise Bread readers.</p> <p>So, starting next week, I&#39;ll offer some how-to&#39;s on saving money while still providing the best care for your pets. Food, grooming, vet bills and insurance, and boarding will all be covered over the course of next week. I&#39;ve interviewed friends, family, and vets on the best ways to trim your pet spending without depriving your cat of her condo or your Chihuahua of her leopard-print cape. After all, your pet&#39;s happiness matters, and if Lola can&#39;t be without her rhinestone-studded collar, then we have to find a way to keep her in it.</p> <p>Next up: Saving money on pet food</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-1-couture-critters-are-expensive">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-2-good-grooming">Pet Peeves Part 2: Good Grooming</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-surprising-ways-your-dog-can-save-you-money">5 Surprising Ways Your Dog Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-pet-expenses-that-arent-worth-it">4 Pet Expenses That Aren&#039;t Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ridiculously-overpriced-pet-products">10 Ridiculously Overpriced Pet Products</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Life Hacks bedding birds budget care cats daycare dogs Food grooming nails pampered Petco pets turtle Fri, 23 Feb 2007 22:35:37 +0000 Andrea Karim 294 at http://www.wisebread.com