Sometimes you find people that say pets are expensive so you should not have them.
I will grant that in some situations, a person should wait to get a dog or cat, because their budget is just too strained to afford the cost of dog food and medicine.
That said, it is hard to quantify the benefits of the happiness that animals can bring you.
My girlfriend and I recently decided to foster a dog with terminal bladder cancer. He has spent 4 years at a shelter (where my girlfriend used to volunteer before her job got too busy), and we couldn't see the sense in having him spend his remaining days there. It is a great shelter, but he's getting older and the sound of dogs barking constantly has to be annoying, even for a dog.
So we are fostering Bam Bam. He is the sweetest dog I've ever had, despite his brawny appearance. He is also much nicer than our small dog.
So for whatever time he has left, we are Bam Bam's family, and we do enjoy his company. I will probably post a little more about Bam Bam as Winter approaches, since he may only have a couple months left.
I am a Chicago-area financial adviser to young doctors & business owners.