How it cost me $10,000 in 10 weeks to raise a puppy in NYC, and why it's the best money I ever spent

Everyone knows New York City is an expensive place for a person to live, but it may surprise you to know that my puppy in Brooklyn cost me $1,000 a week — and that’s not even that uncommon. Any dog lover will admit that once you love a puppy, there’s no end to what you’d do to keep them safe and happy.

The cost of owning a dog in Brooklyn shocked me, despite years of planning, saving, and making compromises to fit a dog into my busy lifestyle.

To prepare for getting a dog, I picked a pet-friendly apartment on a big park in Williamsburg. I enlisted the support of my boyfriend, family, and friends who lived nearby. I landed a good job at a nonprofit healthcare organization and carefully budgeted for the costs of a puppy.

But everyone thinks their plan is great until something goes wrong.

Over the first few magical months with Lady, I knew I was spending a lot, but I didn’t realize I had shelled out more than $10,000 in 10 weeks until I combed through my credit card statements.

Here’s how.