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By Maggie Jenkins
You’re probably familiar with the holiday season, wedding season and back-to-school season. But what about puppy season?
That’s what I call this time of year. There’s just something about the warming weather that seems to turn cabin fever into puppy fever, and soon enough, I’ll be seeing tiny furballs all over my neighborhood. It also makes me reminisce about my own puppy season adventure a few years ago, which led to a scruffy cairn terrier named Banjo becoming my first pet and my new best friend.
But just how much does it cost to own a dog? Before adding a four-legged family member, you'll need to consider both the short-term and long-term costs so you can create a realistic pet care budget.
Of course, there are many other costs to consider: Will you board your dog if you go out of town? Do you need to hire a dog-walker? What about obedience and training classes? What’s most important is finding a manageable pet care budget that also has your new best friend’s best interests at heart.
Maggie Jenkins is the PR and Social Media Specialist at Alliant. She began her career as a sports journalist for newspapers in Utica, N.Y., Des Moines and Cincinnati before moving to Chicago in 2009. Maggie is a six-time Chicago Marathon finisher and a lifelong creative writer with a passion for comedy. Her mom instilled in her a great sense of fiscal responsibility, and her big sister told her to throw that responsibility out the window every once in a while in the name of life experience. So far, that combination of financial advice has worked out pretty well for her.