It’s peculiar and very unpleasant to be sitting and writing an article while listening to the proceeds of your work go down the drain. Literally.
It started with a leaky faucet in my kitchen. It would be an easy fix, I figured, an extra expense, sure, but a manageable one. The plumbers came, agreed it was a straightforward job that could be accomplished within the one-hour minimum they charge for a visit.
That was before the old pipe broke (or, as I contend, before the plumbers broke the old pipe).
Three hours and a great deal of hammering and cursing later, I was left with a huge hole in my wall — “We don’t do drywall” — and a huge bill.
True, the faucet doesn’t drip anymore.
What does this have to do with Frankie and guilt-free dog blogging, you may wonder? I always think of freelance jobs in terms of what they will pay for — the utility bills, for example, or my health and car insurance payments. I try to budget, but can’t anticipate expenses like the aforementioned plumbing disaster. Or Frankie’s diabetes and the illnesses that suddenly strike him– and that the health insurance I don’t have doesn’t cover (see Health insurance for pets? Hell, yes!)
Which brings me to the topic of my last post, dental care. Can I really justify a professional teeth cleaning for Frankie, no matter how much I would like to provide it — and how important I think it is?
Yes, there are organizations that help out with expenses for people in financial straits — my pal Mary Haight of Dancing Dog Blog provided several of them in the comments section of that post — but I can’t legitimately count myself among them, especially when it comes to prophylactic, as opposed to essential care. I have a savings account. I have a gym membership. I have cable TV.
Am I expected to dip into the former or forgo the last two for Frankie’s dental care? What’s a concerned dog owner to do?
Where do I draw the line? Where do you?