Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Albuquerque, NM
LOL not at all, if you just look at my own income. My partner makes a very good income, though, so as a household, yes...but we just moved in together in October, so I'm still getting used to that.
I pay all the dog expenses and our finances are largely separate (and we split things like utility bills), though. It's just that he owns his house outright so I have the luxury of not having a monthly housing payment, so suddenly I'm far more well-off than I was before! And I came into the relationship with 4 dogs...
Dogs are a luxury, though. I go without on a lot of things so that I can afford mine. To me, it isn't a hardship...but I drive a 20-year-old truck, I work long hours, I paid more for rent for years and often lived in poor-quality homes just because they'd let me have 4 dogs there (the 5th just came recently for anyone checking this against my sig LOL). I have a savings account for medical emergencies that honestly really would have come in handy sometimes for other things, but I refuse to touch...except said animal medical emergencies. And even that is a luxury if you're talking about actual subsistence-level incomes--been there, done that too!
It's a relatively affordable luxury, though, and most dog owners can easily afford it just by sacrificing something they don't really want anyway (a new car every few years with its corresponding payment, premium cable, that sort of thing), but yeah, it is still a luxury.
Also, with the number of unwanted dogs that my local shelters euthanize weekly, it may be a luxury but I won't judge someone who can't provide for their dog like I can. As long as they take care of its basic needs, that's fine. I've certainly been there as well, and it was still a luxury...but even impoverished people need a little luxury in their lives. During the Great Depression people who could barely eat kept pets and scraped together pennies to go see movies...when you're living a subsistence lifestyle, having someone to love and who loves you (even if it is a dog), or an hour or two of escapism is worth so much.
The rowdy dogs:
Hector-2 y/o GSD (mix?) rescue
Scooter-12 y/o ACD/Border Collie mix
Bandit-8 y/o ACD
Wooby-14 y/o ACD
Abutiu "Abi"-ACD puppy and hopeful future SAR dog!
Last edited by RowdyDogs; 02-06-2013 at 06:11 PM.