Jack and drove an hour, to a small home outside Dallas to meet a maltie-poo, a maltese-poodle mix, who was advertised as $150. On the way, we discussed the possibility of adopting two dogs: a little girl and her brother. The first was the salt and pepper and the second was black.
Within two seconds of picking up the baby girl, Jack said, “We’ll take her.”
That’s when I found out that we were holding a schnauzer and not a maltie-poo, and the price was significantly different.
“$400,” the breeder said. “That is a schnauzer. The maltie-poo is gone.”
I seriously thought about leaving right then. The SPCA would have a similar dog eventually, and I’d already set up alerts.
Jack gave me puppy dog eyes and said, “I really want her.” He hugged her little body to him.
I gave him a hard look, then turned to the breeder. “Will you take $350?”
Introducing Ms. Jazzy Strawberry, 7 weeks old!
Jack held Jazzy in his lap the whole ride home. “We need puppy chow. And a bed for her.” He was grinning like a fool. I think his hands were shaking; he was concerned that he might hurt her accidentally. “She looks so fragile,” he added.
I smiled at my son, the grown up man who was as excited as a little boy over his new pup. “Here’s the plan,” I said. “We’ll drop her off with Ed, then go to the pet store to get food.”
“Ok, but we have to hurry,” he said.
We pulled into the driveway, and Jack was out of the car and back before I could shift gears.
At Petland, we saw some ADORABLE maltie-poo puppies. “How much for the fluffy white one?” I asked the cashier.
“$1500 to $5000,” she answered. “But we don’t just sell the dog, we also sell vet services and checkups along with the animal.”
That’s a LOT more than I paid for Jazzy. A LOT MORE.
“See, Mom, we got a bargain!” Jack said. “Schnauzer puppies go for $1000 and up.”
“Yes! Worth an hour’s drive!” I replied. Then I wondered how much the vet bills will cost. I wish I could claim Jazzy as a dependent for health insurance.
Schnauzer Puppy = $350
Crate, food, collar, water/food bowls = $110
Seeing the joy on Jack’s face = Priceless.
PS I’m hanging out with Lilly & Lucas tonight! It’s their 7 month anniversary! I’m SO EXCITED!!
PSS Professor Mercury is so hot! You should see him in his black t-shirt, with it stretched over his biceps and pecs. Found out that he workouts AFTER class. As great as he looks beforehand, I’d LOVE to see him after! #drool