Pet Expenses February 2014

Now listen, I don’t know if this budget thing is for me. Clearly, I don’t understand it at its core. Like I mentioned before PetSmart had a $5 off $25 coupon good during the month of February and then imagine my wonderful surprise when the the cash register started spitting out $5 off purchase coupons and $3 survey coupons. I wonder if these are considered catalinas…

Yet again, I spent more than I should have. I spent a total of $203.99 and most of that went to PetSmart. Let me explain. In my previous article “Review: Castor & Pollux Canned Foods” I mentioned how I feed the dogs wet food with their kibble. PetSmart put Castor & Pollux’s Butcher & Bushel as well as Ultramix Indulgent Mix on sale for $2.00 a can. I paired the sale with a few $5 off $25 coupons and got a great deal on very high quality wet food. I have always fed Evangers Grain Free Game Meats but Castor & Pollux is just as good and it was an offer I could not resist. So I didn’t.


Then, the dogs and I participated in the Paws Fur Pink 5k. The dogs run in harnesses because I cannot imagine running with a collar to be either safe or comfortable. I didn’t want the dogs to wear both a collar and harness for the sake of having identifiable tags on them so I went out and bought two tags to keep on their harnesses. They both had tags on their harnesses  before but both of them got scratch off when I, quite brilliantly, decided to attach the tags to the harness with tiny carabiners. The idea was to easily switch their dog license and ID tag from harness to collar, but it didn’t work.

I also threw in a bag of Dentley’s Rawhide Twists that were on sale for $5. They are cheaper bought in bulk on Amazon…I found out when I came home. And I threw in a pack of two Kong Aussie Sticks because, why not?

Dentleys Rawhide TwistsKong Aussie Sticks

Oh goodness! Items from the Martha Stewart Pet collection went on sale. When it was just Argos, it was easy to stuff all his doggy supplies in a box, in a corner of a closet but with two dogs, that’s not possible anymore. I knew I had to figure out a better way to organize all their doggy stuff. So, I got two Martha Stewart soft sided storage bins. And for the most frivolous purchase this month; the Martha Stewart Fashion Collar & Leash. It was so darn cute! And now I have a girl puppy so I can buy these very ridiculously frilly things that I could never get for Argos.

Martha Stewart Butterfly Leash

Martha Stewart Purple Floral Ruffle Leash

And as if it weren’t enough, I found the clearance bin at PetSmart. Guess what? Argos was in need of a new harness. That carabiner not only scratched the heck out of the dog tag but also frayed his harness. So I got the Top Paw Piper Paw Design Harness, Leash and Collar for $13.45. That, aside from the canned food, was my proudest purchase.

Argos's New Collar.

Argos’s New Collar

Oh, I didn’t stop there. I decided to give Greenie’s Pill Pockets a try. Last week I doggy sat for one of Chris’s co-workers and she uses these pill pockets to administer medication. The dogs seemed to be quite excited about taking their medication which is something I’ve never experienced with my dogs, specially Ellie. Every time I have to drive Ellie somewhere she gets car sick and I have to administer Benadryl and it’s never an easy task. She spits it out 10 times before she’ll swallow it whole. If I break it apart and put in peanut butter, she’ll keep a constant 5 feet distance between herself and that peanut butter. So I want to give these pill pockets a go. They are duck and pea pill pockets…I foresee success an extra thirty minutes of spare time in the future :D.

Duck & Pea Pill Pockets

Duck & Pea Pill Pockets

So that was my PetSmart shopping spree. I realize that the only time to shop at PetSmart is when they have awesome coupons and sales to pair those with. Aside from that, they are terribly overpriced. You can find almost everything cheaper somewhere else. So this is my PetSmart advice to you, if you can avoid them, do so. Take advantage of their coupons when they have them, check out the clearance bins and also check-out their clearance dog food stash. I discovered that last one just the other day and what I found on clearance left my mouth open. They had 5.5 lb bags of Castor & Pollux’s Natural Ultramix Grain Free Poultry Free Adult Dog Food for $11.97! That’s a 5 star kibble on Dog Food Advisor.


Last but not least, I had to replace one of the dog beds. I keep two around, one in the living room and one in the bedroom. I bought Argos a dog bed when he graduated from the puppy crate about four years ago. That bed survived a good four years with Argos and only 7 months with Ellie. She ripped it open with her vicious little sharp teeth and claws. I searched high and low for a good offer on a dog bed but I really didn’t find anything, except for those tiny dog cuddlers. I stepped into Ross to check out their nicely discounted beds and found one that would suit them. I don’t know how long its going to last so it gives me some satisfaction to know I didn’t spend more than $20.

That was it! I learned a few things from spending quite a bit of time at PetSmart and now I just need to learn to exercise some self control. That’s gonna be toughie.