Frugal Hound Sniffs: Indebted Mom
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Please join me in exuberantly sniffing Biscuit!
1) Who are you? What are you? And who are your parent(s)?
I’m Biscuit. I think. My parents also call me Bubba, Bubba Dog, Bubba Gump, Biscuirty Whiskerty, Bisckers Wiskers, Biscuit-nutter Doofapotamus, Buddy, Boo Boo, and Charlie.
I was a stray, so I’m probably a mutt of some sort, but I sure do look like an Entlebucher Sennenhund, so my parents like to pretend that they have some froufrou puppy that could have cost four grand. And plus they just like saying Entlebucher Sennenhund.
My parents are Mr. and Mrs. Indebted, and Mrs. Indebted is Kirsten from indebtedmom.com. I looooooooooove all people, but there’s just something about my momma that makes me super duper happy. Like sprain-my-tail happy (seriously, it’s happened twice).
2) What frugal tips and tricks does your human use in your pet care regime?
Be right back…
Sorry, I had to go ask my momma what frugal means. I’m not sure if this question applies to me, as I’m the most expensive free dog ever. Every few years, I like to come down with something rare and deadly so my family spends a fortune nursing me back to health.
One of my medical conditions is long-term and it prevents my parents from buying cheap dog food. In fact, for a good part of my first year, I was on prescription dog food. That stuff was expensive! My parents do skip treats, because after I was on steroids a few years back, I started stealing food. But I was just sooooo hungry! Still am!
When my parents first took me in, they bathed me and trimmed my nails and did all that good stuff themselves. But I’m proud to say that it took three people to give me my first bath and I only weighed 15 pounds. Now, I hover in the high 60s and I just really give poor mom and dad a hard time because I am terrified of water (even rain) and don’t come near me with nail clippers.
After one afternoon of chasing me around the house and dad laying on me so mom could clip one or two nails (cause I’d bite daddy, but not mom), they’ve started taking me once a month to be groomed. And I’m pretty sure they get surcharged for my unruliness. One groomer even refused to clip my nails because I “screamed.”
3) Favorite treat?
You mean besides poop? Mmmmmm. Poop. I like turkey and sweet potatoes and raisins, but mommy yells at me when eat raisins. (Mrs. Indebted here: raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs, but oh my goodness, Biscuit loves them! We don’t keep them in the house anymore).
4) Favorite toy?
You know, I used to really love toys, but I’m too old now. I just like to go outside and bark, usually at nothing.
5) What’s the most expensive thing you’ve destroyed?
I’ve only ever destroyed one thing–a heating pad. Lesson learned.
My momma has a bad neck and was using the heating pad in our living room. I had been cuddling in her lap, cause I was just a baby, but I got down to explore. The next thing mom and dad knew, I was zipping around the apartment, with my tongue hanging out, yipping and peeing.
Poor mamma totally freaked out, but dad checked behind the futon and found that I’d chewed through the heating pad cord. Never. Again. I only chew on things momma gives me.
6) Most embarrassing moment?
I’m scared of storms. I get kinda frantic and I know to go hide in a windowless room, which is often momma’s closet. One day, mom and dad read about Thunderwear–apparently dogs who are afraid of storms get a little braver if you put them in some tight long johns. Mom and dad are pretty resourceful, so the next time it stormed, they pulled out my Halloween costume: Batman! I was so brave and so proud. I mean, I was a super dog! But mom and dad couldn’t stop laughing. I caught on pretty quickly that they were laughing at me, so now I just go hide in the closet, on top of mom’s shoes.
7) How often do you get a bath and would you say it’s too often?
Once a month, and it’s way too often. Let’s change the subject.
8) What is your family’s financial plan or goals and how do you contribute?
My family is trying to get out from under their student loan debt because mommy would like to stay home all day with me. There are also two blonde-haired things that have appeared recently, and mom seems fond of them, too.
But back to the question, I do not contribute. Again, I’m the world’s most expensive free dog ever! I’ve had parvo, mange, worms (twice), a severe infection, thrombocytopenia, and I’ve had leg surgery on both rear legs. I just recently got diagnosed with Lyme disease as well. Mom estimates she’s spent over $20,000 treating all these things and wonders why I don’t poop gold. I keep trying, but it’s just the normal yummy brown stuff.
I used to try to bring mom dinner. I’ve killed rabbits and moles and birds back when I was younger and mom still ate meat. But every time I brought them inside, she was so ungrateful, I just stopped.
9) What is your best skill?
Being awesome! Mom likes it when I lean on things. She just loves when I stand up, prop myself up against a wall, and start wagging my tail. I think she must like the thumping noise, I’m not sure? She giggles every time I do it. I make people laugh a lot.
10) How did you adopt your parents?
Mom and dad were in Arkansas, visiting his parents for spring break, back before they got married (yes, I’m an illegitimate child). Let me insert here that mom had a beagle, Cricket, who was my sissy, so she has a thing for beagles. That totally worked in my favor. While mom was in college, her sister took care of Cricket because mom’s roommate didn’t think dogs should live in apartments. Anyway, dad had a Jack Russell with him during the trip that the two of them would walk together.
They seemed like nice people, so I kept trying to approach them. And mom kept seeing me outside, sniffing the trash and such, so she figured I was a stray. When I was a puppy, I looked a lot like a beagle, but mom did notice my big paws, so she knew I’d be a bigger dog.
After a week of everyone in the house sneaking around, feeding me food (best week ever), mom was getting ready to head back to school with dad. She tried to convince dad’s family to take me in, but every one of them hesitated. Mom turned to dad, who she’d only been dating a few months, and said “if you love me, you’ll take in that dog”. Guess dad loved her. They took me to a vet to get shots and boarded me on a plane the next day. Mom came over to dad’s mornings and nights to walk me and she often tells people “I had to marry him. He had my dog.”
Oh, Biscuit! I’m so sorry to hear of your health maladies! The sprained tail sounds especially tragic. But, you are one lucky hound dog to have such a loving family to care for you.
Mrs. Frugalwoods here: Many thanks to Kirsten from Indebted Mom for helping Biscuit out with his lovely interview. If you’re not already a fan of Indebted Mom, then let me be the first to tell you that you’re in for a treat! Kirsten shares her insights on debt repayment, parenting, her goal to be a stay-at-home momma, and living a life of meaning and purpose. Great stuff–check it out!
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