Some of you who follow my dog blog on Twitter may have seen my annoyed tweet last week about overhearing an office conversation about dogs. The short-version of what I overheard went something like this: For all the money, time and effort put into a dog and for their lifespan, their ROI is not that much. I mean you get unconditional love, but still.
What went on in my head was something like this: Excuse me? Did I just hear someone talk about the return on investment of a dog? Really? ... Really? Are you (****ing) kidding me?
Needless to say, I was doing everything in my power to bite my tongue, and not say a word, but it really annoyed me.
Between the vets bills, toys, food, accessories, grooming and everything else that comes with owning a dog, yes, they can be expensive. But, if you've ever owned a dog, you would clearly see how they "pay off."
Once I calmed down, the situation became somewhat of a joke with my family when I told them the story, and since last week, I've been keeping track of all the times Toby's ROI has come up -- and it's pretty much all the time. (minus having to go out and pee in the snow at 3 a.m. over the weekend)
First off, if it weren't for my DOG I:
- wouldn't be writing My Tail Hurts From Wagging So Much.
- wouldn't have gone to BlogPaws.
- wouldn't have met some of the most amazing people who are in my life now.
- wouldn't have gotten the experience in social media I needed for my current job.
- wouldn't have found something I love to do.
- wouldn't have traveled to several of the places I did.
- wouldn't have survived my previous job.
Toby's ROI is pretty good so far if you look at the list above. Not to mention, the happy face that greets me every time I walk in the door, the ball of fur that curls up next to me when I don't feel good, the tail that wags like crazy when I pick up a Kong to play or the smile he brings to my Mom's face and others, when we visit her in the nursing home.
That's a 110 percent ROI, if you ask me.
What's your dog's ROI?
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