Stories That Pay Off: Here’s how expensive it can be to own a dog

We all know dogs are the best, but raising a four-legged sidekick can cost a pretty penny. According to a new survey of 1,500 adults in the U.S., many owners like to treat their pet to a life of luxury, like the occasional doga class (yoga for dogs) or birthday meal — and average expenses related to dog ownership can add up to more than owners anticipate. Man’s best friends may not be cheap, but surely, they’re priceless.

This week, Mic also asked experts about your rights when asking for parental leave, explored current protests by prisoner groups for a fair wages and examined why booking two one-way tickets may be a cheaper option than booking round-trip airfare.

Dog owners spend much more than they think they do

How much does it cost to own a dog? These are the monthly expenses to keep in mind.Tim Mulkerin/Mic

If you don’t have a dog or are in denial that you spend more than $100 on your pup every month, you may wonder what exactly people buy for their pooches.

How do I ask about parental leave without raising any flags?

Parental leave can be a tricky topic to bring up with your employer.g-stockstudio/Shutterstock

In a perfect world, taking time off after starting a family wouldn’t be an issue. Here in the United States you might want to be prepared.

What you need to know about the nationwide prison strike for wages

A riot at Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison in South Carolina, inspired national protest.Sean Rayford/AP

A deadly prison riot in April has led to a nationwide prisoner protest for higher wages and better conditions.

Why it’s sometimes better to book two one-way airplane tickets instead of one round-trip flight

A departure board at France’s Charles de Gaulle Airport.Kenzo Tribouillard/Getty Images

From Miami to Tokyo, here are the top 10 domestic and international destinations you can save on airfare by buying two one-way tickets