DOLLARS FOR DOGS
Dogs are cute, friendly, and fiercely loyal. They're also a handful, requiring dedicated upkeep and care -- along with all the associated costs. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals places the first year's cost of ownership at more than $1,300 to $1,800, depending on the size of the dog. Here are some ways to save money, starting even before you bring the pooch home.