As I mentioned a few weeks ago we were looking to add a puppy to our family. I’m happy to announce we added MuShu this past Friday. He is a Shiba Inu. He is an amazing little boy. I realize it’s only been three days, but he is doing really well adjusting to his new home and family. We had a yellow Labrador for 13 years who passed away in July of last year. We have always been pet owners. Our family has had fish, rats and a guinea pig along the way. Growing up I had a number of dogs and cats and my wife was a dog owner. Our house has not seemed the same without a pet. So we knew we would add one soon.
We started looking at different breeds, we want a dog a little smaller than our Labrador. My wife has a co-worker who owns a Shiba and we went for a visit. Needless to say we fell in love. We began to research, looking at local rescue, pet shops and breeders. We filled an application out at a local Shiba rescue, but still have not heard back. We were not thrilled with the pet shop experience and recommendations from others, so we were set on finding a private breeder. Our lab was purchased from a private breeder and we were very happy with the experience. We found a few local breeders and sent out e-mails just before the Holidays. All responses came back with no puppies available at this time. On New Years Eve we received a response back from a breeder who was only 20 minutes from our house. We set up a meeting and we instantly fell in love. Four weeks later we are proud owners of a new puppy!
Now I’m sure you are wondering what this has to do with personal finance. Well a lot. As it turns out Shiba Inu’s are not cheap. This was a major budget decision for us. Here’s the breakdown:
- Puppy – $2000
- AKC registration – $40
- Crate – $99
- Bed – $25
- Collar – $15
- Leash – $22
- Puppy Food – $ 14
- Bowl – $15
- Toys – $26
So our grand total spent is $2256. Wow. Before your reply please note this was all done with cash and all debt repayment remains on track. This was one of those personal, personal finances decisions for our family. We were able to cash flow this purchase. Sure this was a want and not a need, but after experiencing the fun and happiness with our new pup this weekend I’m so glad we did it.
Have you ever spent this kind of money on a want? What the purchase worth it?