Book Review: Barkonomics By Paris Permenter and John Bigley

One of the many treats that Mom received at BlogPaws 2011 was the book Barkonomics by Paris Permenter and John Bigley.  She took one look at that book and was certain that it would be of huge benefit to us!

Mom is kinda slow on the uptake and didn’t realize until she read the book that Paris Permenter and John Bigley were also the duo  that write the hugely popular Dogtipper.  It is on this website where they share  dog tips, products, news, photos and more!

Continuing on these lines is Barkonomics.

This superbly helpful book is aimed at all income levels,  for people with one or many dogs or pets in general.

Mom has been waiting for a book like this! Having lost a steady income in 2007 , Dad retiring last year and living in Michigan (specifically DETROIT ’nuff said) Mom has decided this is her “Pet Bible” in reference to cutting/saving on pet expenditures.

How will YOU benefit from purchasing Barkonomics?

you will learn how to cut costs so that you will be able to keep your pets instead of being forced to give them to a shelter or rehoming them.

Barkonomics  will enable you to cut expenditures so you can afford veterinary care and direct you to resources that can help you finance that care!

There are some expenses that should NEVER be cut (as listed in Barkonomics)

1. Spay and Neuter

2.Quality Dog Food

3.Core Vaccines

4. Heartworm Preventative

5. Annual Wellness Exam

For further explanation pertaining to  the above I strongly urge you to buy this book!

From Barkonomics: Some tips  for cutting costs when it comes to your canine:

1. Sign up for newsletters of favorite companies. Many dog food and treat manufacturers offer electronic newsletters that provide exclusive discounts and coupons.
2. Follow favorites on Twitter and Facebook. Just about every company has a Twitter and Facebook presence these days (just check the company website for links). You’ll often find some great fan/follower discount offers that are only promoted through social media.
3. Go the DIY route. Consider learning some grooming and dog training skills. You’ll find numerous free videos at sharing sites such as YouTube for everything from trimming your dog’s hair to teaching your dog to stay.

4. Learn whether your pet’s prescription can be filled at the drugstore. Many dog prescriptions can be filled at the drugstore, often at a savings (and you’ll have the option of generic, low-cost equivalents for some drugs.) Also, some drugstores offer prescription clubs with lower costs–and family pets can be added to many of the prescription clubs.
5. Check your memberships for special offers. Check all your memberships–from auto clubs to work-related affiliations–for special partnerships offering discounts on everything from pet insurance to boarding services.
6. Consider pet insurance. Investigate pet insurance options while your dog is young, if at all possible. Do your homework and learn about exclusions and limitations, balancing the monthly premium against the amount of coverage.
7 Get proactive. Prevent costly problems before they start by taking your dog to his annual veterinary exam, spaying and neutering, brushing your dog’s teeth, and dog-proofing your home to prevent expensive accidents.

For more information on over 300 other tips for saving money on all aspects of your dog’s care, learn more about Barkonomics at

  • Number of Pages: 168
  • Imprint: Riviera Books
  • Retail price: $9.95 [on]
  • Trim size: 7 x 10 inches
  • ISBN 978-0-9717620-0-8
  • Charitable contribution: Every quarter, 20 percent of proceeds donated to pet non-profit selected by DogTipper readers
Author Bio: Paris Permenter and John Bigley
Paris Permenter and John Bigley are a husband-wife team of professional writers. Along
with over 2,500 published magazine articles, Paris and John have authored 28 published 
books ranging from Fodor’s In Focus Jamaica to Texas Barbecue (named best
guidebook of the year by the Midwest Publishers Association).
Paris and John have a long history of frugal living, starting with their marriage and the
launch of their writing business in 1986. Paris graduated from college with double
degrees in Economics and Accounting (followed by graduate school, then a few years of
teaching Economics) then the couple turned their attention to freelance writing,
specializing in leisure and business travel.
Lifetime dog lovers, John and Paris launched in 2008, highlighting tips
for dog lovers with additional sections including dog news, dog-centric festivals,
celebrity canines, pet product reviews, Dog of the Day, dog rescue, and more.
Frequent television and radio guests, the couple has appeared as expert guests on many 
programs including local news stations as well as series on the Fine Living television 
Paris and John live with their dogs and cats in the Texas Hill Country near Austin.

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Can you tell that Mom LOVED this book?

Barks and licks and love, Dakota


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7 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Woof! Woof! Heard about this book … thanks for sharing. Definitely lots of great tips. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    • Hi Sugar! I was super pleased with this book, as you can tell, Mom was too!!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  2. Thanks for the review we will have Mom check this out for us.

    • You are welcome Bailey my friend!

      I know your Mom will LOVE this book!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  3. Hey Dakota,

    That sounds like a great book you reviewed!! Don’t forget also about the FREE Dog toys!! You know, the ones lying around the house that your Mum has no idea are toys until you start playing with them – Tee Hee – I’m great at turning things into toys!!

    I unravelled the end of the toilet roll today, but Mum didn’t seem to agree that should be a toy??

    You can also get cheap toys in the sale bins at the pet store after valentines, Halloween, Xmas etc – I’m not fussy when I get these festive toys – a toy is a toy is a toy to me!!

    Hope you’re having a fun day buddy,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Hi Snoopy! You ALWAYS have the BEST ideas! I learn so much from you! 🙂

      Are you sure you aren’t part cat unraveling the toilet roll? lol

      What great ideas about cheap toys end of season. Mom does go to PetSmart and checks out their sale bins too!

      I had a good day and hope you did too!

      Barks and licks and love my friend, Dakota

  4. Such great tips for saving!! I so agree about pet insurance and
    how there are some things you mustn’s skimp on with your pets – especially the annual check ups and vaccinations etc. But there is also much to be gained if pet owners are proactive with looking for better deals and savings! This book sounds like it’s most helpful and sensible! Yay! Take care

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