The Woofy Woo Unofficial Economic Update and Vacation

The Woofy Woo Unofficial Economic Update and Vacation

Our usual drive into the office this morning turned up a very interesting observation regarding the economy.

-The drive through line at the Dunkin Donuts was the longest we have seen in a while.  So, by observation people are slowly starting to spend money again. (Unless a lot of people drank and partied like it way New Year’s Eve last night.) It’s coffee money size, but hey, it’s something.

Later that day-

-We hear people talking about vacations.  It seems way more people are booking winter vacation trips because the deals are really good right now. OK, that’s a little more money churning into the batter blender of the economy.

As an aside, the manufacturing reports are showing new orders are up 5.2%…but is that only because inventory levels are down now?

Job listings are still at an all time low as far as we can see…2 pages of advertisements when times were good, 2 job listings now.  Many of our friends are still unemployed. Real estate prices are down. Until jobs are generated, we really don’t think we can say the economy is on an upswing.

But a vacation sure sounds nice…(rationalization) even if you did book a “Great Deal” on a vacation…most people are taking their money out of the country to a warm climate. Now let’s get real… if we go away, the “Pet Factor” really plays into the equation.  Let’s add up the numbers!

So what happens to our pets?  Unless you have a relative or friend who will watch them while you are away, this is the way it may break down for our friends in the Tri-State area.

Here is your net cost of a “GREAT DEAL” on a vacation!

“Great Deal” on a  Vacation for Humans…

$700.00 per person, 5 days all inclusive stay at Atlantis resort in the Bahamas x 2 people

Total Cost of Vacation for 2 Humans Owned by 2 Dogs                                $1,400.00

And Now, the dreaded, “Boarding” costs for the Dogs

Vet Check up and shots for 2 dogs prior to boarding……………………………….. $240

Boarding for 7 days…day before and after due to flight times

$50 per dog per day……………………………………………………………………..$700

Extra cost of “Guilt Toys and Treats”……………………………………………………$85

Baths prior to leaving boarding $25 x2  (NO STINKY DOGS!)……………………….$50

Nails clipped, $5 x2………………………………………………………………………..$10

Therapy for 2 people for “the Guilt” of leaving the dogs………………………………$300

*ESTIMATED COST*. 2 people worrying about the dogs

while we are gone $100 per day x5……………………………………………………..$500

Total  Cost of Boarding and Guilt for 2 Dogs                                                            $1,885.00

Combined Total Cost of the 5 days, “Great Deal” Vacation for All Involved                        $3,285.00

**Reality Check is now complete**Yeah, OK….well that’s out of our system. We will be staying home, guilt free, for free!

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