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Old 12-23-2012, 09:03 PM   #1
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As u all no by now, I'm gettin my little man nxt month so I'm preparing now. I picked his necessities according to a checklist and added up all of the things he would need...can u believe If I'd bought it all today, I'd b spending $850?!!!! I was shocked cuz it didn't seem like I picked that much stuff...im the type that likes the best of the best but for $850!!!!!!!...def gotta go edit my list!
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LOL! Yes...I think going over that list is a good idea! If you check around, you can usually find better deals...and with Christmas soon behind us, there should be really good sales. Congrats on your new baby!
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Wait until you get all the puppy shots/puppy wellness visits plus heart worm preventive and flea and tick preventive. Getting and owning a puppy and dog is not cheap.
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I know I told you that your list is probably accurate, but $850..no way. Yes for vet care. No for the necessities.

I'd like to see this list. lol

My yorkie is 11 and (not counting food/treats) we haven't spent that muh on her stuff in all this time! Vet bills though..those are fun.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:41 PM   #5
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Lol I think it's my fault...I had a hard time picking a bed, crate, and carrier. The bed is 74, crate is 139, and carrier is 80 (I'm in army so need a good one for traveling) then I tried to get the automatic feeder and fountain because sometimes when I'm training, I dnt get lunch breaks to come home and feed, change water etc. then the advantix and nutra cal i was told to get isnt cheap. Im sure the things on the list r important...its jus the specific items I chose!
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Plus I'm in Germany and their prices r higher than outs so u either buy stuff on economy that is higher or shop online and usually have a higher shipping cost...ugh. Online stores need to impose a military discount for overseas service members...I think I should start a petition or go on strike or something lol
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That's a lot of money. Upfront costs can be heavy but $850 is too much. Save this money for shots and vet bills! Also, have you considered using a playpen instead of crate? We got our puppy at 12 weeks old and both of us work 9+ each day. Play pen was our savior. We leave our Milana with bed, toys, food, and pee pad in her play pen, and she is doing fine. She can play, eat, and potty whenever she needs to; plus she is in confined area, so we don't have to worry about her pottying on carpet and damaging furniture.

By the way, some will disagree about leaving a puppy for 9+ hours by herself, but for most people these days it's unrealistic to have it otherwise. Our puppy does fine by being alone during that time, and we give her a lot of attention in the evenings.
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That is an excellent idea that I didn't even consider so thx so much!!! Hopefully it'll work for my little one as well and I agree....sometimes u gotta do wat u gotta do...at least u still making sure your fur baby is taken care of!
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The x-pen is a really good idea especially if you are away from home for hours at a time. You can wait on the crate if you do go with the x-pen. You do have to consider your vet costs. Maybe buy what you know you need right now and hold off on some of the other things and buy them one by one. The watering thing is a good idea but a little pup isn't going to be able to use one. Same with the automatic feeder. A little pup is just going to need some small saucers for now.

A bed, potty pads and a couple of dishes are basic for an x-pen. You probably want a small harness and leash to take the pup outside. I really think that time and training are the biggest investment that most pups need. Well, lots of love also.

You can get a small inexpensive crate to take the pup to the vet for now and get a better carrier or car seat when your baby is bigger and you know just what you need or want. If you don't know for sure how big your puppy will mature at (and most people do not) then wait on some of the more expensive items. I see tons of things on ebay being sold by people whose pets out grew them.
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Ok thx YT...saved me lots of money!
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Oh no!! I have a very bad yorkie "habit" she is my empty nest baby and I do love to dress her and have the nice harnesses etc.... I do overdo it often
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Lol I think it's my fault...I had a hard time picking a bed, crate, and carrier. The bed is 74, crate is 139, and carrier is 80 (I'm in army so need a good one for traveling) then I tried to get the automatic feeder and fountain because sometimes when I'm training, I dnt get lunch breaks to come home and feed, change water etc. then the advantix and nutra cal i was told to get isnt cheap. Im sure the things on the list r important...its jus the specific items I chose!
I know that you have a 1 year old daughter ~ do you have a pack and play from her infant days? I also see them posted used for sale a lot on Craigslist if you have something similar on base.

I would invest in an ExPen because that will also be a safe place to place your puppy when your attention cannot be on him 10000000%. I'm sure your DD is "fine" with animals but a Yorkie pup weighs only ounces to a few pounds at most and is at a great risk of receiving broken limbs or even death from an over zealous hug that turns into a trip that in turn.....well, the outcomes are varied but the pup is usually on the losing end of that proposition
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Yes I have a play pen and thx for showing me how helpful a x-pen would b. it sounds like a life saver for me!!
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I think its awesome that you are planning ahead for all these things by making a list of necessary items. We used to be stationed in Germany, what part are you in?
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Thx and I'm in Grafenwoehr...where were u stationed?
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