Anyone who knows me knows that I'm dog mom to the max. I mean I take my dog like everywhere with me. I would bring her to work with me too, if they would allow dogs in the building. I feel so bad for her that she spends the majority of her days home alone, so when I'm home at night or on the weekends I try to do things that Ellie can do with me.
One of the most overlooked costs of owning a dog, particularly in the city, is the dog walker. Because I work downtown, I am gone 10 to 11 hours a day. Meaning Ellie is left alone and has to hold it/keep herself entertained until I get home. As this is a lot to ask of a dog, especially a young dog, I choose to hire someone to come in the middle of the day to take Ellie for a 30 minute walk. This costs me around $150 - $200 per month depending on how many times a week I have the dog walker come let her out.
Almost nine months ago I adopted the cutest little puppy. She had these adorably floppy ears and tubby little belly that would make anyone fall in love with her instantly, and I definitely did. I put in my adoption application immediately after meeting her.
As a twenty-something, chances are you are living in an apartment and there is an even greater chance that this place does not allow dogs and/or pets in general. If you're like me, this about breaks your heart because all you want in life is a dog.