When I was 20, I melted as I looked into the eyes of a miniature dachshund in the back of a minivan. Now that I’m 21, I still melt and love that little dog, but now I’m broke.College students experience freedom when they move away to college and can do whatever they want. And for some students, they want a dog. With the Rita B. Huff Animal Shelter practically on campus, many students will go to “just look” at the dogs. Many will go home with a dog that same day.Don’t get me wrong, dogs are wonderful. There’s nothing greater than having a wagging tail greet you when you come home from a hard day at work or school. But what many don’t think about is the financial responsibility of those furry critters.The Rita B. Huff Animal Shelter goes through a process of questioning potential dog buyers of their financial stability and goes so far as to contact and inform their landlord of the new animal that will be residing in their complex. The shelter also informs the buyer as to their landlord’s pet deposit and other potential fees associated with an animal. These policies are great, but they neglect to tell you of other costs you might (and will) incur with your new puppy.Before you buy that cute little dog, think about more than just the original cost of the animal. There will be vet visits (many more than you’d think a little animal would need), toys, food, shots and sicknesses that will all need to be taken care of. Any animal, especially a puppy, will also need lots of time and attention. This can definitely affect a college student’s routine. One may have to go home during classes to take their dog outside and play with it before returning to school or going out for the night.Being a dog lover, there’s no way I would have listened to anyone who told me not to buy that nine-week-old puppy a year ago. My dog has been a wonderful companion to me for the past year and I would never give her up. Even if it means living under a bridge.