The thing I regret the most though, is getting dogs. I mostly regret getting these dogs, but I pretty much regret just getting dogs in the first place. Especially since Mingus peed on my drivers seat in my car yesterday.
We took them in to get their teeth cleaned yesterday, and Mingus, being his usual passive-aggressive self refused to come out of the car when we got to the vet. He vaulted from the trunk into the back seat, then from there into the front seat, where he peed all over the place. I sure did enjoy standing out in the freezing cold soaking up dog urine with paper towels.
And after a perfectly normal tooth cleaning (although they did remove a growth from Remy's mouth...they called to explain all about it while I was having lunch. Gross) I got the bill. $798. And when I gulped and asked them how often I'm supposed to have their teeth cleaned, they cheerfully said "Oh, once every 6 months or so, some dogs can make it to a year". Ha.
So owning two perfectly normal dogs cost almost $2000 a year, just in teeth cleanings and yearly checkups. That doesn't include food, licensing fees, flea and tick medicine, vet visits and medicine if they get sick, boarding if you have to go away, daily medicine to keep your dog's skin from falling off, extra energy consumption and cleaning supplies to remove an entire cubic foot of dog hair from your floor every other day, and the daily frustration.
Remy did amuse us by falling flat on his face last night from a perfectly still standing position (the anesthesia hadn't quite worn off yet I guess), but that small bit of enjoyment certainly doesn't make up for all the money I put into keeping these fools around.
To some people I might sound very uncharitable and mean, but if you think so I invite you to come hang out with my dogs for a bit, let Mingus growl at you and bite you, let Remy whine at you until your ears split, and maybe chip in a bit for their veterinary care. I'll even let you clean up some of the barf that ends up on our floor every day, and some urine too. You know, just to get a good taste of what it's like. THEN tell me how excited you'd be to have to pay so much for the pleasure of their company.