Feb 20

The Best $200 I Ever Spent

boo dogInspired by Cat’s post over at Young Adult Money and in celebration of our Brooklyn’s 10th birthday, I wanted to write a little post about the best $200 I ever spent.

Here’s the background:
Valentine’s day weekend 2009, Eric surprised me with a trip to Seattle. We’d been “seeing” each other for a few months but weren’t officially a couple until the trip. It was my first trip to Seattle, so Eric obliged me in doing all of the “touristy” things that I wanted to do. We visited Pike place to see the big fish being thrown and caught, went to the top of the sky needle and visited the Starbucks flagship shop (bf’s huge “bucks” fanatic). We indulged in yummy food and wine and spent a good deal of the trip talking about our future together.

The weekend we became parents:
That weekend is when we decided that we wanted to be parents. Pet parents 🙂 We’d been talking about adopting a dog for a while and had even made a few trips to the local animal shelter to “look”. Because I cannot “look” at animals without taking one home, I’d attempted to adopt a little white dog during a previous trip to the shelter. Sadly, I was inside waiting in line to fill out the adoption paperwork and when I go to the front of the line I was told he’d already been adopted. Although I was glad he found a home, I was disappointed that I hadn’t shown up 20 minutes earlier (in NYC small dogs are adopted from the city shelters really fast). I held back my tears until I got to the car and then bawled like a baby. Eric assured me that that dog wasn’t, “the one” and that we’d find another one that was the right dog for us.

During our Seattle trip I spent a lot of time searching petfinder.com for our dog. I didn’t want to let another opportunity pass me by, so the weekend after we god home, Feb 21st, we headed to a local animal rescue. The rescue’s founder, Sean, showed us a few dogs that were a little too big and a little too hyper for us. Again, I was disappointed that we couldn’t found the right dog. Sean asked us what exactly we were looking for. I told him a small dog with a laid back personality. His exact response was, “Oh, I think I have something in the basement, hold on a minute.” A few minutes later he emerged with a little scruffy gray and white dog. The little dog immediately rolled over on his back to let me rub his belly. He was sweet and calm and walked well on a leash. We were told that he was found on Greene street in Brooklyn so they named him Mr. Greene.

The best $200 I ever spent:
Mr. Greene had some health issues (read about them here), but my heart melted as soon as I held him. Eric and I immediately knew that he would be the perfect addition to the family. So without further ado, we filled out the adoption paperwork and gave Sean a list of references. He did our, “background check” and I wrote a check for $200. Sean told me that they’d give him a bath and he’d be ready for pick-up the next day. “Umm, no way, he’s coming home with us now!” They agreed to speed up the process and Mr. Greene became Brooklyn, as he rode home on my lap that afternoon.

Now known as, “Mr. B”, boo boo and boo bear, Brooklyn is a fixture in our home and a frequent mention on the blog. A fuzzy little love bug, that little dog’s adoption fee is definitely the best $200 I’ve ever spent!

What’s the best $200 (or any amount) you’ve ever spent?


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  1. Pets are important. They actually have been proven to be able to bring blood pressure down!

      • KK on February 20, 2014 at 6:54 pm
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      Very true. There really are so many good reasons to have pets, companionship, health and mental health benefits etc.

  2. Oh that’s sweet 🙂 Our puppy has been a wonderful addition to our lives as well..

    I am not sure the best $200 I ever spent.. Maybe trying to court my wife by taking her out on dates and buying her gifts in the early stages of our relationship.

      • KK on February 20, 2014 at 6:55 pm
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      It’s been a while since we’ve had a puppy, they are so cute and so much fun to have in the house.

      I’d say $200 turned into a good marriage is a pretty great “investment” in the future 🙂

  3. Aww I love this post! I might even do a similar post about how I got my pup. Dogs are wonderful, and I don’t know what I would do without mine 🙂

      • KK on February 20, 2014 at 6:57 pm
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      Yes please do! I love reading stories about how people found/adopted/inherited their pets (or just about any stories about pets).

  4. Caramel cost me $50 and she has made my life a lot more fun since we got her. She is a very high energy bunny and makes me laugh 🙂

      • KK on February 20, 2014 at 6:59 pm
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      I loved seeing those photos :-). Pets really do make our lives more fun and more memorable.

  5. My little heart is melting! I work with an animal rescue and I love to hear these stories! Money can buy happiness!

      • KK on February 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm
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      It’s my dream to own an animal rescue one day. Pets really are my passion and I can’t imagine anything more fulfilling then spending my days helping them find good homes.

  6. I think it’s a little misleading to say the dog only cost you $200 considering the annual cost of pet care. But I’m glad you found the perfect pet!

      • KK on February 20, 2014 at 7:05 pm
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      I think you missed the last sentence, “that little dog’s adoption fee is definitely the best $200 I’ve ever spent!” Although it would be an even better $200 spent if it included a lifetime of dog food, grooming and vet visits 😉

      1. Haha, yes, that would be AWESOME!

  7. Awww, what a cute story, KK!! That dog is the cutest little thing – you can just tell he’s a cuddle bunny. 🙂 The best money I’ve ever spent has been on the necessities on our kids – love ’em all, SO much, and wouldn’t trade a dime (of the unwasted money) of it for anything else. Totally worth each and every penny, times a million. 🙂

      • KK on February 20, 2014 at 7:13 pm
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      He totally is a snuggle bunny (when he wants to be-he’s also pretty stubborn). No kids here yet, but once we have some I’m sure I’ll feel the same way. You can’t really waste money when you’re putting it towards the people and pets you love.

  8. AWW, like everyone else said, such a cute story! I would love to get a pet but I’m not home the majority of the day so it wouldn’t work out.

    Tough to say but I think the best $200 I ever spent would have to be on traveling.

      • KK on February 20, 2014 at 7:14 pm
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      We’re gone for a lot of the day, but we have a wonderful dog walker who we (and more importantly he) trusts. Anytime you spend money on memories (like travel) I think it’s money well spent.

  9. Aw, so cute! Little dogs go quickly at our shelter as well. I can’t wait until we can get a dog and have a little fur family. Even though I have two cats, I feel like something is missing :).

      • KK on February 20, 2014 at 7:15 pm
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      “fur family” aww I love that. We definitely have plenty of fur around here. Between the dog and two kitties we’re outnumbered pets to people 🙂

  10. What a sweet story!! I’m not a pet person, but if I were-I’d get a dog!

      • KK on February 22, 2014 at 10:35 pm
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      Thanks Michelle. I’m a huge pet lover, so I can’t imagine my life without our furry friends 🙂

  11. Awwww, what a cute doggie! 🙂 I’m more of a cat person, so the best money (pet-wise) I’ve spent, was definitely getting my little fur-ball! 🙂

      • KK on February 22, 2014 at 10:37 pm
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      I grew up with all sorts of pets, so as soon as I felt stable enough to support a pet family we adopted Brooklyn and our two cats, Patrick and Liam.

  12. Awww. I love pet stories!

    When I adopted my pets there wasn’t even a fee… because I didn’t go through a shelter, I went straight to the family’s home (allergies developed by a young child). I even got carriers, and records… and two of the biggest snuggle-bugs you could imagine. It was a great situation all around… the family didn’t have to take them to a shelter, my boys got to stay together, and they ended up in a great home, if I do say so myself!

    Best $200 I have ever spent? No idea… but if it would probably be something to do with pets if I had to pay for them upfront 🙂

      • KK on February 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm
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      Aww, that is a great happy ending to what could have been a bad situation. We got our two cats directly from their owner. Sadly, their “mother” passed away and her daughter inherited them (but had allergies and was being foreclosed on and couldn’t keep them). I’d say they are pretty lucky to have landed with us 😉

  13. Awe very cute! That’s a hard question though as I’m sure I’ve probably dumped a lot of money into things that were worthwhile causes. But just because I was thinking about this today, I will say the best money I spent (and I don’t remember the amount) as well as the HARDEST money I ever spent, was when I went home to say goodbye to my childhood friend who was dying of cancer. Words can’t describe how difficult that was, and she knew that’s why I was flying home, so it was quite awful. She died a couple days after I got home. I would have never forgiven myself if I didn’t get home to tell her how much I loved her.

      • KK on February 22, 2014 at 10:45 pm
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      Ugg, I’m sorry. I can’t even imagine how hard that must have been. I’m glad you were able to see her before she passed. I feel incredibly fortunate that I haven’t been in the situation, UGG 🙁

  14. This story makes me so happy! Our cat Lena, who we unfortunately had to put down on Saturday, had some health issues the last couple months on her life. Spending the money to see the vet and get medicine to make her feel better was money well spent. I would have done anything for that cat, as silly as that might sound. It’s crazy how they almost become “children” to you.

  15. Adorable. I don’t consider any money that we’ve spent on our pets to ever be wasted. Except for one toy that was ripped to shreds in about 3 minutes.

      • KK on February 25, 2014 at 10:45 pm
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      They are a terrible money investment, but the love return is huge 🙂

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