About PetBudget

PetBudget is a blog where pet lovers and professionals get to help current and future pet owners budget, save and make great decisions when it comes to their pets. It is the ultimate resource in financial planning as it relates to pet ownership. Our readers have access to pet cost analysis, product reviews and tips on how to save big! Our central focus is on dogs and cats, but we love writing about every kind of pet – birds, reptiles, small pets, water animals and the like, and serve as a repository of information for potential owners!

PetBudget is best known for its popular pet cost calculators, providing complete and accurate estimates as to how much it should cost pet owners to buy and raise their ideal pet(s).

Why Do We Do This?

First, we want to make sure future pet owners fully understand the financial implications of pet ownership before buying or adopting a pet.

The second component of our mission is to help current pet owners save by sharing interesting tips and giving them accurate information on a wide range of products and services.

To us, there is nothing sadder than seeing an abandoned animal, and financial challenges are an important reason why hundreds of thousands of owners rehome their pets each year in the US alone. Visit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals website to know more. If we can save one pet from being abandoned, we consider our work to be worth it.

PetBudget Is Different…

The content published on PetBudget is completely original and written by authors with a finance background as well as professionals such as veterinarians, dog trainers, dog groomers, and dog walkers. Every member of our team has a college and/or university degree and strong backgrounds with professional experience. We also use our own financial data to make sure our content is as accurate and up to date as possible.

“We help people make the smartest decisions when it comes to their pets”

Our Wonderful Team

Johann Chapuis, MBA – Founder

Johann Chapuis is the founder of petbudget.com, he holds an MBA with a specialization in finance as well as a Masters in Engineering. Johann loves sharing his experience and expertise. He has worked toward building the best possible team for PetBudget, as he has done in his previous entrepreneurial and/or managerial ventures. After growing up around dogs: Fonzie (Boxer), Pimkie (Maltese) and Hunky (Yorkshire Terrier), Johann also adopted a wonderful cat named Adam in 2018.

Leslie Brooks, DVM – Licensed Veterinarian

Dr. Brooks is a licensed veterinarian in the state of Indiana (license number: 24007318A) with a focus on small animal medicine. She graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 with both a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and a Master of Public Health. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband, son, and cat.

Mendi Baryzk, DVM – Licensed Veterinarian

Dr. Barzyk graduated from Texas A&M University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1999 and earned a Texas veterinary medical license (license number: 8548). She is currently pursuing a Master of Psychology and Addiction Counseling.  Her career focus has been on dogs and cats, with interest in surgery.  Mendi enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris, and her dogs, cats, horses, and donkey. She has a license to rehabilitate wildlife and particularly enjoys caring for raccoons and opossums.

Alexa Diaz, Ph. D. – Animal Behaviorist & Dog Trainer

Dr. Diaz graduated from University of California, Davis with a Ph.D. in Animal Behavior in 2002.  She is currently the head behaviorist at the K9 Training Institute.  Her passion is helping pet owners understand the body language of their pet to strengthen the human-animal bond. Alexa enjoys spending time in nature with her husband and playing with her kitties. Alexa says her proudest moment was graduating the first group of service dogs she trained for children with disabilities.

Corryne Smith – Dog Groomer

Corryne Smith has been a passionate dog groomer for many years after having worked in veterinarian clinics for 10 years. She has a groomer certification and has taught grooming in a school in Indiana. She is also involved with different rescue shelters there. Corryne has spent years learning dog language and prides herself in working with the most difficult dogs. She lives with her kids, dogs, cats, and other pets she fosters. Her lifelong dream is to open a sanctuary for pets with disabilities with the hope of finding them a new family and offering them a wonderful life in the meantime.

Tamaria Reddick – Dog Walker, Pet Sitter

Tamaria Reddick is an experienced and passionate dog walker and pet sitter, having worked in the field for over 10 years in different cities. She has cared for hundreds of dogs and cats, originally working for others, now, as an aspiring entrepreneur. She loves sharing her experience with PetBudget’s readers. Tamaria is also an avid traveler and has seen most of North, Central and South America as well as Western Europe and looks forward to seeing much more of what the world has to offer.