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abby1234519

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Dog walker and cycle to work or no dog walker and drive to work
« on: October 15, 2018, 07:18:34 AM »
I currently have an expense of 325 a month on a dog walker. I have two dogs and my husband works too far away to come for lunch.

It costs 15 a day for our friend to take them out (actually for longer than an hour) and they have a really fun time.

That 325 is slowing down my ability to pay debt off (I want it gone!) and is the only expense I can reduce.

HOWEVER

I have started cycling to work - both for my health and it saves 2 a trip (not much obviously). I can't cycle to work and come home to walk the dogs.

I know what the answer is in terms of money - save where you can but it's not just about money, my health is improving due to cycling.

Should I:

a) Cycle to work for health and pay a dog walker
b) drive to work and let the dogs out at lunch to save money

And reasons why.

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Re: Dog walker and cycle to work or no dog walker and drive to work
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2018, 10:48:40 AM »
c)  find someone who wants to adopt a dog and arrange a dog-sharing agreement.

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Re: Dog walker and cycle to work or no dog walker and drive to work
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2018, 11:12:39 AM »
Perhaps work out a combination?
Cycle to work all but one day per week.  On the driving day, in addition to driving home to walk your pups, perhaps schedule your weekly grocery pick up after work as well?

It's hard to cut back on everything and dangerous to frugal yourself into infitity.  Both your happiness and the happiness of your dogs (yes, I believe pets are family) are important... if they enjoy having their dog walker come and hike them for over an hour AND you enjoy cycling to work... that's really a win-win, just a win-win that comes at a cost... and that's ok.

People spend money on things they care about, whether that be a movie-pass to keep up with the latest films, a personal trainer for their health, or a dog walker. 
It's ok. :)

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Re: Dog walker and cycle to work or no dog walker and drive to work
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2018, 12:15:31 PM »
It's better for you (exercise) and the dogs (not holding it for ages and ages) with the dog walker.  I'd probably go with that option and chalk it up to part of the costs of owning dogs.

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Re: Dog walker and cycle to work or no dog walker and drive to work
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2018, 04:11:03 PM »
Do they absolutely need to be let out at lunchtime? Most adult dogs can hold it the length of an average workday. If they do, could you hire someone to just let them out briefly at lunchtime and walk them yourself in the morning/evening?

abby1234519

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Re: Dog walker and cycle to work or no dog walker and drive to work
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2018, 08:51:59 AM »
@MDfive21 Honestly, that's like suggesting someone adopt my son on a part time basis, at least in my eyes.

@JanetJackson Duh! Why wasn't this answer obvious to me, ha ha. Ace idea, I shall try to see what day is best, could even stretch for two days.

@GuitarStv Good point!

@nessness They're both a year old and will 100% piddle if they're not let out at least every 6 hours. Or worse....

Thank you all for your input

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Re: Dog walker and cycle to work or no dog walker and drive to work
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2018, 10:38:29 AM »
We just got a puppy a month ago and work 2 miles from home. We drive to work (my husband and I work in the same office and carpool) and go home for lunch every day to eat at home and take the puppy out for a walk/play. I'm sure having the dog in the first place, and driving to and from work is not truly "mustachian" but we've had her for a month now and our entire family is absolutely besotted. The kids spend SO much more time playing with the dog instead of being online/playing video games. We go walk with her 3x per day which is great for getting us out meeting our neighbors, exercising, etc. We easily have the means to pay for the dog expenses without it really impacting our retirement schedule and I feel our quality of life has really gone up since we've had her. We'll probably cut down on our outrageous travel expenses, too, since we're not about to fly to Europe with a dog or want to leave her for long periods of time, at least not for quite awhile. I see lots of much more affordable camping in our future. ;)

In your case, if your dog walker is flexible, I think alternating days is a great idea. Cycle to work 2 or 3 days per week and have the dog walker come those days, and drive the other days so you can come home at lunch. For us, we really love going home for lunch. We actually drove before getting the dog anyway because we would run errands at lunch (without kids!), get chores done, etc. It's not the MOST mustachian approach, but going home for lunch keeps us from going out to eat for lunch, and we love going home to play with the puppy for an hour.