I wanted to get another dog- Phoebs is getting older and I think dogs enjoy another dog as companion but I have not done anything about it because I have had trouble affording the vet bills this year. I retired a couple of years ago and now have a much lower income- I didn't think it was that much lower but with gas at $3.69 per gallon the last time I filled up, hay now at $18 per pale, and whole oats at $20 per 75lbs, I am very worried about not having the resources to take my dog to the vet when I feel she needs it. As it was I made the choice not to get an expensive prescription for me in order to get one for Phoebs. Well I haven't died yet- in fact it was a good choice for me- I seem to be doing better without it. But it does show how close this edge is. I have always probably gone too much- if I thought something was questionable, I took her in. But the last couple of times I took her to the vet, without much being a problem, the visits cost me $150-260 - heaven knows what it would be it there was a real problem. I would like to adopt a shelter dog but I can't short Phoebs or my other animals to get a new one. I have made a choice at least once or twice in my life to put a horse down because I couldn't afford to continue it's care but that was at thousands of dollars not hundreds........ Is anyone else in this position too? I know there are lots of young people on this site who maybe don't have this pinch yet but what would you do in this situation?