My Dog’s ROI

Some of you who follow me on Twitter may have seen my annoyed tweet last week about overhearing an office conversation about dogs. The short-version of what I overheard went something like this: For all the money, time and effort put into a dog and for their lifespan, their ROI is not that much. I mean you get unconditional love, but still.

What went on in my head was something like this: Excuse me? Did I just hear someone talk about the return on investment of a dog?  Really? …  Really? Are you (****ing) kidding me?

Needless to say, I was doing everything in my power to bite my tongue, and not say a word, but it really annoyed me.

Between the vets bills, toys, food, accessories, grooming and everything else that comes with owning a dog, yes, they can be expensive. But, if you’ve ever owned a dog, you would clearly see how they “pay off.”

Once I calmed down, the situation became somewhat of a joke with my family when I told them the story, and since last week, I’ve been keeping track of all the times Toby’s ROI has come up — and it’s pretty much all the time. (minus having to go out and pee in the snow at 3 a.m. over the weekend)

First off, if it weren’t for my DOG I:
– wouldn’t be writing My Tail Hurts From Wagging So Much.
– wouldn’t have gone to BlogPaws.
– wouldn’t have met some of the most amazing people who are in my life now.
– wouldn’t have gotten the experience in social media I needed for my current job.
– wouldn’t have found something I love to do.
– wouldn’t have traveled to several of the places I did.
– wouldn’t have survived my previous job.

Toby’s ROI is pretty good so far if you look at the list above. Not to mention, the happy face that greets me every time I walk in the door, the ball of fur that curls up next to me when I don’t feel good,  the tail that wags like crazy when I pick up a Kong to play or the smile he brings to my Mom’s face and others, when we visit her in the nursing home.

That’s a 110 percent ROI, if you ask me.

What’s your dog’s ROI?

6 thoughts on “My Dog’s ROI

  1. That is the most ridiculous conversation I have ever heard. If anyone thinks that a pet's ROI is low then they don't deserve the pet they own. In fact, they should never have gotten one in the first place.

    My dog's "ROI" is unlimited; she gives back more and more every day. My dog saved my life. She is the rescuer, not me. All I did was fill out a form.

  2. I'll bet that was a cathartic blog for you to write! Thanx for saying it so well. If you've loved a pet, the only logical definition of ROI is the R eally O bnoxious I ndividual you overheard in the 1st place!

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