A note to new readers: while we often delve deeply into financial topics (such as How A Year Of Extreme Frugality Changed Us and 11 Ways To Be A Frugal Weirdo And Love It), 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.
Lest you labor under the delusion that this blog is written entirely by humans, I’m here to provide you a respite from their philosophical frugal ramblings. Leave it to a dog to write posts comprised of only the best things: cute photos and treats!
In today’s installment of my world renowned Frugal Hound Sniffs column, I have the pleasure of sniffing Bodie, the dog hailing from MindfulRiot.com. Please join me in an enthusiastic sniff of Bodie!
1) Who are you? What are you? And who are your parent(s)?
My name is Bodie. I think I’m a Border Collie-German Shepherd mix, but I’m a rescue dog, so no one is certain. My mom, Jessie, writes about finance and personal development at MindfulRiot.com.
2) What frugal tips and tricks does your human use in your pet care regime?
I’m a simple dog. I love my $15 dog bed. My mother says we are minimalists, so I am only allowed a few possessions, but I love them all dearly. Whenever my parents go away, they take me to a house with another dog where I can sleep on the bed and run and play until they come back. I don’t think they pay anyone for this, because sometimes the dog comes to our house, which I don’t think is as much fun.
3) Favorite treat?
Liver bites and duck breast! I also love cheese and ice cream but my parents don’t like to share with me. One frugal and diet-friendly trick is that I LOVE eating ICE CUBES! When I go on walks in the winter I just take little bites of snow along the way. Winter is the best!
4) Favorite toy?
I love chewing on my stuffed rabbit. Sometimes I chew too hard and it has to be replaced. I also like taking my Kong to the top of the stairs, dropping it down, and then chasing after it. I’m really good at being an only-dog and entertaining myself.
5) What’s the most expensive thing you’ve destroyed?
I haven’t destroyed anything since I was a puppy. I’m a very trustworthy dog. I am told that I’m CONSTANTLY breaking hearts, however.
6) Most embarrassing moment?
Once I fell off a chair, and my mother laughed at me, which embarrassed me so I tried to push her off the chair too!
7) How often do you get a bath and would you say it’s too often?
I’ve only gotten a couple of baths and they are TERRIBLE. I don’t think I should ever be bathed. Ever.
8) What is your family’s financial plan or goals and how do you contribute?
My family recently achieved a major goal of paying off all non-mortgage debt, so now they are trying to save more money and have the freedom to leave their current jobs in 15 years. I am crucial to this plan because they still have to work for a long time and I serve as a stress-reliever. Sometimes when my mom works from home and gets overwhelmed, she sits on the floor and pets me.
9) What is your best skill?
Once I found a sandwich while on a walk. That was pretty cool.
10) Do you know what time it is?
IT’S NIGHTCAP TIME! Every night, my parents ask me if I know what time it is, and I get really excited because I know nightcap time is when I get to take a tasty treat outside, just before we all come inside to go to bed.
Thank you, Bodie! I am in complete and utter concurrence that dogs should never be bathed! It’s an abomination to wash off our houndiness. Plus, being put in a bathtub is just downright disgraceful.
Mrs. Frugalwoods here: Many thanks to Jessie from MindfulRiot.com for assisting Bodie with writing out his interview (it’s tough to type with paws, after all). Jessie is a frugal feminist, aspiring minimalist, cyclist and statistician. She writes at MindfulRiot.com and lives outside of Baltimore with her husband and, of course, their dog Bodie.