This will be a short and fun post today because I’m doing our taxes this week. Ugh, groan… It shouldn’t be that bad because we didn’t have a lot of complications last year. However, I still need to go over the blog accounting. It seems like some advertisers either didn’t send me a 1099 form or it comes in an email that goes to my spam folder. I’ll need to contact them and see if they can resend it. Anyway, I made about $29,500 online in 2016. This was our worst year since 2012, when I left my full-time job. The advertising environment was changing and it took me a while to adapt. 2017 is starting off much better and it should be our best year yet. I’ll share more details about my blogging business next Monday. BTW, I firmly believe everyone should have a blog. It’s a great way to build your brand and learn how to make money online. Anyway, let’s get back to the lighter subject. How much would you pay to get your pet back?
The $20,000 missing cat
Have you heard this story? A cat is missing and the owner is putting up a $20,000 reward to get him back. I saw this on the morning news last week while I was making breakfast, and I thought it was just a regular gray tabby. Wow, $20,000! That’s a lot of money for a cat. Why don’t you just go to the local humane society and adopt a cat for $40. There are a bunch of cats there waiting for a good home.
Due to the ridiculousness of it all, I decided to check up on the story in more detail. It turns out the cat is an exotic Savannah cat named Bentley. It’s a crossbreed between the serval, an African wild cat, and a common cat. They’ve got a gorgeous leopard pattern coat and huge ears. This goes to show you how much detail I can miss when I’m multitasking. The owner lives in Marina Del Rey, California which is right next to the famous Venice beach.
Okay, I get it. Bentley is an exotic cat and his owner really wants him back. We have a cat and we’d be sad if she goes missing, too. However, we are also somewhat used to losing a cat. 🙁 When I started blogging in 2010, we had 3 cats. Now, we’re down to just one. They got old and went off to cat heaven. It’s grievous, but that’s a normal part of life. I hope this doesn’t sound too heartless. Anyway, Lily is 16 years old and she is still very healthy. She isn’t as spry as she used to be, but she is still active and she loves being an only cat. If she ever goes missing, then I would put up some fliers and offer a reward, too. However, it’d be capped at $100 tops.
So here is my question
As for Bentley, I hope he gets back to the owner soon. Can he survive the mean beaches of Southern California on his own? Oh, check out the Esprit apartment where Bentley lived. A one bedroom apartment starts at $3,200 and goes up to $5,000. It must be nice to live right at the marina, but that’s really expensive. The cheapest one bedroom is about 30% more than our monthly housing cost. That’s too rich for my blood.
Anyway, the Savannah cat looks really cool and they probably make great pets. However, I like common black cats. They are beautiful and they need good homes, too. We can’t imagine our household without ours. If our last cat passes away, we’ll probably adopt another one. Cats are awesome. They are so much easier than dogs. 🙂
So how much would pay to get your pet back?
*Reader’s tip – Please microchip your pets, everyone!!!
For 2018, Joe plans to diversify his passive income by investing in US heartland real estate through RealtyShares. He has 3 rental units in Portland and he believes the local market is getting overpriced.
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