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The Furry Roommate

By Dana Maltese
On November 18, 2013

It is senior year and you and your three best friends just moved into a house in close proximity to Sacred Heart. What is missing from this perfect picture? A puppy, of course. According to Fox Business, the yearly cost of having a dog can range from $360 to $2,520 or more. Considering the average lifespan is 12 years for a dog, raising a puppy could cost between $4,620 and $32,990 over its lifetime. While it might seem like a good idea in the beginning, it is an occurring problem of the current generation to have dogs while in their college years and then give them up when they move on to their professional lives in the real world.

As the daughter of a dog groomer, this is a problem that my mother had brought to my attention one day when she had asked if I knew any students at Sacred Heart with dogs. My mom has clients that bring them dogs that were previously their son or daughter’s while they were in college. I think that if you are going to get a dog, or any pet, you need to think through what its needs are for its whole life and how they match up with the desires for your life.

Dogs of any age require owners to make a complete lifestyle change. When you are busy studying for exams and getting ready to go out on the weekends, there is not enough time to take the dog for a walk or throw a Frisbee with at a local park. I know it is tempting to have a pet while at school ,with the freedom of having your own house, but I just ask that if you do decide to get a pet research before you go to the pet store and get the puppy in the window.

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