A note to new readers: while we often delve deeply into financial topics (such as Behind the Scenes of a Happy Frugal Marriage and How We Save 65% Annually), we also like to keep it irreverent and downright silly. Because hey, who doesn’t need an investigative interview series conducted by a dog?! And so, I hope you’ll enjoy Frugal Hound Sniffs! If you’d prefer a more, ahem, financial independence-related post, start here.
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Unlike me, Mo actually goes hiking with her family out in Colorado and she looks good doing it. I prefer to snooze and can’t walk more than 5 miles at a time, which I’m told by Mr. and Mrs. Frugalwoods is not so good for hiking.
I don’t think my abbreviated mileage has anything to do with my ability to present in-depth interviews, and so, I hope you’ll join me in exuberantly sniffing Mo!
1) Who are you? What are you? And who are your parent(s)?
My name is Mo, which is short for Mahogany. My original owners named me that. It’s too long to shout out, so it got cut to Mo. I live in Southwest Colorado. I am a girl, but like Frugal Hound, I often get confused for a boy. I am a mix of a few things, but I believe I’m mostly Sharpei with some Boxer and Rottweiler thrown in.
My first owners maybe were not the smartest pet people because they had 5 of us dogs in a rental where no dogs were allowed. I never bark, but my brothers and sisters did, so we were busted and had to leave. I came to live with Kim and Jim and their 7 year old daughter about 2 years ago. Kim writes Eyes on the Dollar, which is super clever because she loves talking about money and is an eye doctor.
2) What frugal tips and tricks does your human use in your pet care regime?
Well, my Mom tries to be really frugal by taking in foster dogs. You don’t have to pay any of their expenses, but you get all of the fun! That’s how I came to live here, but I am so irresistible that they made me their very own.
I have super short hair, which sucks during winter in Colorado, but I never have to be groomed. I also don’t like getting dirty, so I almost never need baths. Except for that one time with the skunk and then another time when some very rude fleas tried to make me their home, I am almost maintenance free!
3) Favorite treat?
Hands down, I love eggs. The child almost always leaves some on her plate. I even like the stuff you have to scrape off the pan if you don’t stir scrambled eggs fast enough. I’d take bacon too, but there doesn’t seem to be much of that around since Mom and Dad try to watch their cholesterol.
4) Favorite toy?
I never really had toys in my first home, so it’s taken me almost two years to learn to appreciate them. I just learned to play tug, and I want to play All THE TIME. I’m not sure why Mom can’t play more. When she’s off work, she seems to look at the computer all day. Tug would be much more fun. I tend to eventually tear up all my toys, so I’m not sure I have a favorite.
5) What’s the most expensive thing you’ve destroyed?
One time Mom and Dad left me at home while they went on vacation. The neighbor was supposed to check on me, but I got really scared all by myself. I ate some library books to calm my nerves. I’ve learned that if I’m going to do that, Mom likes me to eat the paper ones instead of the hard side ones.
6) Most embarrassing moment?
Well, since I’m part Sharpei, I get choked and snort quite a bit. Sometimes I fart really loud too. There is nothing silent about my farts, but they are sure deadly. You gotta let that stuff out or you get a tummy ache, but I get really embarrassed if I let one rip when we have company. It happens about half the time when people come over, but what can you do?
7) How often do you get a bath and would you say it’s too often?
I get a bath maybe every 6 months unless we have issues like the aforementioned skunk. It is way too often. Could you tell Mom and Dad that if they are going to bathe me, they should dry my hair with a blow dryer because it’s cold when you don’t have much fur!
8) What is your family’s financial plan or goals and how do you contribute?
My family used to be in lots of debt, but they pulled it together and are on track to become financially independent within the next decade. I contribute by giving them hours of free entertainment. We can tug, go for walks, or they can sit and pet me for hours. All those thing are totally fun and cost zero dollars.
9) What is your best skill?
My best skill is my ability to be silent. While the neighborhood dogs will bark their heads off at any old thing, I never bark, thus conserving my energy for other more noble pursuits, like finding crumbs and taking long naps. My parents often forget that I can bark because it happens so rarely. The only time I feel the need to make noise is in my sleep. In addition to my lumberjack ability to snore, I bark and run while I’m sleeping. My parents are always wondering what I’m after in my dreams. I could tell you, but I’d have to kill you.
10) BONUS QUESTION–ask and answer any question of your choice! How do you stand living with an energetic 7 year old?
My Mom has told me about all the dogs that get surrendered because they can’t get along with kids, but it really isn’t a problem for me at all. Yes, the child does make me wear ridiculous scarves and necklaces. I’ve had to sit through more than one boring tea party. Once she even put me in the spare bedroom and forgot about me! Since I never bark, it took hours to find me, but I don’t hold it against her. When the child is being annoying, I keep remembering how much food she drops on the floor and how I can sneak onto her bed and she doesn’t tell Mom. Those two things right there are worth any amount of silly costumes or boring play dates.
Thanks so much Frugal Hound. If you ever make it out to Colorado, stop by and we can swap stories from before we were adopted.
Thank you, Mo! I too never bark, except in my sleep. Mo, we are certainly much wiser than lowly barking beasts, since we do indeed conserve our energy for naps. I see no point in barking, though I do occasionally rooooo at my parents in moments of great excitement.
Mrs. Frugalwoods here: Many thanks to Kim Parr from Eyes on the Dollar for assisting Mo in crafting her superb interview. Kim is an optometrist, wife, mother, and dog lover who writes about her journey toward 20/20 financial vision. Since starting Eyes on the Dollar, her family has paid off over $30,000 in credit card debt, become landlords, and fostered 4 dogs successfully after being foster failures with Mo. I really enjoy reading Kim’s writing and I encourage you to check out Eyes on the Dollar if you’re not already a reader!
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