LG is wise beyond her tender years. The puppy — it sucks you in with all the cute and all the helpless and all the goofy, endearing puppydog eyes — then it body-slams you with the cost of veterinary care, medicine, vaccinations, ever-larger collars, new leashes, bowls, food, lawn repair, lawn furniture repair/replacement, shoes, dog toys, travel crates, groomers, dog-sitters…
Oh. Wait. What were you saying? Sorry, got a little carried away there with the overwhelming financial commitment represented by a puppy.
For a while during the campaign we got more mail from Obama than from credit card companies. We started joking that he was sending us a great introductory rate on an Obama Visa… which we could use to support the campaign by tacking on a 5% donation to every purchase.
Actually I read today in the newspaper that the president-elect has to raise money for their transition team and for the inaugural event. Apparently the gov’t pays for $5 or 6 million of the transition expenses, but they think that it will cost more than $12 million. It also said that W. raised more than $40 million for his 2004 inaugural.
I share this because i was kind of blown away. I thought after a prez was elected they got to stop with the fund raising.
(But on the puppy note, I second that! Our $50 adoption fee shelter pooch has cost an incredible amount already.)