Thursday, June 18, 2009

Despite the Economy, Everything for My Pups

I’ve said often before that I’m most appreciative of being a member of the KillerHobbies blog crew, but I’m not sure I belong. The focus of my mysteries is pets, and they’re family, not hobbies.

That means, no matter what my financial situation, Lexie and Mystie, my Cavalier King Charles Spaniels come first!

Last week, I blogged about how scared I was when Lexie was shrieking because of some unidentified pain. Well, she’s doing great now. I took her to a specialist vet who put her on pain meds, and they worked. She’s off them now and seems fine. My only hesitation about taking her to the vet was concern about what was best for her and when. When it became clear she needed a vet visit, I took her.

On the other hand, I’ve used today’s economy as an excuse to put off some dental work I need. Maybe some other minor medical stuff for me, too. They can wait.

Mystie’s on prescription dog food. We keep her well supplied. No scrimping there, although fortunately the stuff isn’t overly expensive. As to feeding the humans in my family? Generally, I go with whatever has prices reduced, or is subject to a coupon.

Also, these days, I’m less likely to buy clothes or other items on a whim. Doggy toys, though? That’s a different story.

I’m also a bit more cautious this year about expending money on writing conferences and any related travel expenses--although I attended the California Crime Writers Conference in nearby Pasadena last weekend, and it was worth every penny! It was a joint conference presented by the local chapters of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, and had several different tracks for people at different stages of writing, plus research into forensics and criminology. I loved almost every session I attended, and I learned a lot.

I’m off next to the Romance Writers of America conference next month, and although there were other conferences I’d love to attend this year, those may be the only ones.

But if my pups need to go somewhere, you can be sure we’ll be on our way!

Think they’re spoiled? Of course!

How about you--how do you spoil your pets?



Sheila Connolly said...

We're still catering to a 20-year-old, half-blind, toothless and largely incontinent cat (watch where you put your feet!), because she's ours.

But when I was growing up, we kind of inherited a cat (with a litter of kittens) with a rental house we moved into. We had never had a family pet, so we kept her and one of her kittens. At some point a vet told my mother that the cat was having trouble digesting regular food, so for the rest of her life my mother fed her baby food (human)--that pureed meat goop. I guess it helped, since the cat lived to be eighteen.

Julie (and Chloe & JacK) said...

I make a trip to Petco every 6 weeks or so for the canned cat food that doesn't cause any digestive upset for anyone, and buy only the one kind of crunchies (sorry, dry cat food) that agrees with everyone. I adopted them, I'm responsible for them, therefore I take care of them. That's all there is to it.

Linda O. Johnston said...

I'm sure your aging kitty appreciates all your efforts, Sheila, in a feline kind of way! It's really great that you coddle your cats into old age.

I get it, Julie--and glad you found some food that works for everyone.

Betty Hechtman said...

After the pet food scare I had a hard time trusting any brand of pet food besides the organic stuff at Trader Joe's. The dog and cats get some turkey, too that I buy at Costco. Goldy gets some grated cheese sprinkled on her food.

I love them. What else can I say?

Janie Emaus said...

I don't have any pets right now, but I can tell you that my eighty-something parents are spoiling their new doggie like crazy. They rescued him from the pound and I'm sure he thinks he's gone to heaven.

Linda O. Johnston said...

I'm cautious about the kinds of food I buy, Betty, and Mystie is now only on a prescribed food that I have to get from the vet. But I understand your concern. That was a scary time, when melamine was found to be in a lot of pet food.

Janie, it's a lot of fun to spoil pets! Of course, like kids, they come to expect it... Your parents' pup is definitely lucky.