As well as reinforcing how much I love that little ball of fluff (ha, as if that was necessary) this illness was also a chance for me to reinforce some work I recently did with my coach.
I was asked to name my Top Three Principles in regards to Money.
The things that, no matter how much or how little money I had, I would never compromise on.
One of my top three was Suki's Health. No matter how broke I have ever been, I would never let that factor into looking after Suki.
This has been a hard limit of mine since Suki was just 6 months old and unwell. The vet couldn't work out what was wrong with her, so they ran tests. And then some more tests. And then they called and asked me to come in "to discuss options".
Before even getting in the car I decided that I would choose the option that was best for Suki, and not think about money.
She ended up needing some pretty serious surgery and spent 6 days in the hospital. Afterwards the vet told me that he was so glad I had made the decisions I did (he had been very neutral throughout, no opinions) and that most people wouldn't have done it. He believed it was my tenacity to do whatever it took for Suki that helped her pull through - which he hadn't expected (thankfully he also kept that to himself until she was well again!!!!).
The vet bill went onto my advertising agency corporate card. I asked my boss first (thankfully a mad dog lover) and then I worked my arse off to pay them back.
So this week, as soon as I thought something was up, I took her to the vet. It cost extra because it was after hours. She needed three kinds of medication and special food. That all cost extra. Our vet called each evening for the next three days to check in on Suki - that kind of service costs extra!
But I have the money to pay for that, because it is something so very important to me.
Having the money to pay for the best health cover and treatment for Suki is part of my money story now. It's one of the elements that shapes all my financial decisions. It makes skipping a meal out or working an extra hour SUPER EASY.
You can check out the worksheet for this activity on the freebie page - it's really powerful and can be great to post somewhere you will see it regularly.
It's also an awesome activity to do with your person. Because you really want to have these principles aligned ... or at least understand and respect each others money principles.
Imagine if I had a life partner who believed that money spent on pet health care was a waste. Yeah, ok, I can't imagine that either - but see how much of a deal breaker that would be for me?
Hope you found this inspiring ... money-principle wise, and everyone-should-have-a-puppy wise :p
Love from me, and cuddles from Suki xox