So, it's been about a year since we've adopted Snowball. And after having to do taxes, I've had a chance to review Snowball's yearly cost.
According to Quicken, this is the breakdown that I have for Snowball and this is what I expect to pay in 2009.
County License: $13.00 ($25 if your, ahem, late)
Yearly Vaccination: $64.00
12-Month Supply of Flea/Tick Control (Interceptor): $152.98
12-Month Supply of Worm Control (Frontline Plus): $48.99
Eukanuba - Medium Breed 40# Dog Food: $43.99 x 4 = $175.96
Eukanuba - Dog Treats = $14.99 x 4 = $59.96
Misc Treats - $60.00
Misc throughout 2008: $150
Lodging throughout 2008: $480
So ~$1200 is what I expect to pay in 2009. I'm sure there's more that I haven't accounted for, but at least I have an idea.
To be honest, we paid about twice that in 2008, since there were a lot of one time / initial costs involved (i.e. money to adopt, training, initial check-up, neutering, home crate / travel crate, etc...)
Is it worth it? most definitely.
Here's your fun fact for today: Did you know pet owners live (on the average) three years longer than those without?