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Howdy, Cyber Space.
Frugal Hound here, your one and only source for pet interviews with a personal finance flair. Today I’m joined by pet royalty–Lady Sally of Messy Money. I too have tried convincing my
parents servants that I’m of a royal bloodline, but they still persist in calling me Peanut-Pumpkin and other such degrading names not fit for a noblewoman. The shame.
Here is a photo of me looking regal in my royal fascinator. I’m sure you’ll agree I look stunning, since I know I photograph well. And now, please join me in sniffing Sally!
1) Who are you? What are you? And who are your parent(s)?
Greetings. I am Sally, Grand Duchess of Rothesay-Burgandy. I hold a royal title due to my lineage, which includes bloodlines from both Scottish (West Highland) and French (Poodle) dynasties. My servants are free to address me by the informal “Miss Sally,” although I expect to be announced as “Lady Sally” at formal gatherings.
I am fortunate because I have not one, but two homes that I stay at seasonally. My summer home is on the lake shore and I stay in my palace during the winter. I have two sets of servants, one at each of my residences. You may know May from Messy Money–she is my Lady in Waiting for six months of the year.
2) What frugal tips and tricks does your human use in your pet care regime?
My handlers prefer grooming me themselves and you may be able to tell from my photographs that they are woefully inadequate groomers. Good help is hard to find. Once a year, I have a professional grooming session in advance of my royal Christmas tour.
3) Favorite treat?
I would eat just about anything if you let me. I have food allergies though, so I am served food and treats without additives or preservatives.
4) Favorite toy?
I love my Omega Paw Tricky Treat Ball. I will spend hours trying to get the treats out — you should try it Frugal Hound!
5) What’s the most expensive thing you’ve destroyed?
Nothing comes to mind. I do have a habit of leaving muddy paw prints on the floor if my royal wipers are not at the door to assist me…
6) Most embarrassing moment?
I like to run! I can run like the wind. I would like to challenge you to a race, Frugal Hound! One time I was running through snow in the backyard and I fell face first into some deep snow and I had built up so much momentum that I flipped right over — hindend over head — and my servants laughed and laughed.
7) How often do you get a bath and would you say it’s too often?
I am not a fan of baths but I understand that I have a certain public image I need to maintain. If I am not satisfied with the bath I have received, I will let my royal handlers know by rolling in piles of dirt and digging holes in the backyard immediately after my bath.
8) What is your family’s financial plan or goals and how do you contribute?
Splitting my time between two different residences helps reduce the costs of pet ownership for my co-owners (aka servants). They each split the costs of caring for me and are free to travel without having to worry about caring for me or arranging for additional servants. Of course they miss me like crazy when I leave for the season and it makes them that much more loyal to me!
I also help keep the wildlife out of the vegetable garden. I chase the wild hares and dig for moles in the backyard. It’s like the royal fox hunt but with rabbits and moles instead!
9) What is your best skill?
When I am not running, I am napping. Actually, I think I’m currently late for my third nap of the day.
Ta-ta Frugal Hound. Let me know if you’re up for that race!
Thank you, Sally! I must say, two sets of parents sounds quite ingenious and frugal. I wonder if I could find second parents who would give me more treats…
Mrs. Frugalwoods here: Many thanks to May from Messy Money for allowing Lady Sally to submit her royal interview. May is a self-proclaimed financial misfit who over-shares her financial mis-adventures at Messy Money.