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  • (upbeat music)

  • - Niki!

  • - Hello.

  • - What up my good friend?

  • You wanna come with me on a Worth It lifestyle episode?

  • We're doing pets.

  • - I love pets!

  • - I see that. Look at you, can you say Worth It?

  • - Worth it.

  • - Pets.

  • - Pets.

  • - Okay, here we go.

  • - Here we go pets.

  • - Worth It Lifestyle.

  • - Pets

  • - Guest on today, Niki.

  • - Hi.

  • - Today on Worth It Lifestyle, we're trying, oh

  • - Trying? We're not trying them!

  • - Today on Worth It Lifestyle we're seeing three pets

  • at three drastically different price points

  • to find out which one is the most worth it at its price.

  • - Worth it! Pretty much all of my life, I have had pets.

  • Growing up I always had dogs, and I now have a cat.

  • Its so nice to come home to someone

  • who's excited to see you.

  • - Other than your wife.

  • - Other than my wife.

  • (laughter)

  • - I have not lived with any...

  • - What?

  • - Four legged creatures in my life.

  • - Ever?

  • - So this is gonna be fun.

  • We're going to the Best Friends Animal Society.

  • An animal shelter called No Kill LA.

  • - Wow! A no kill shelter. A great start!

  • Adopt, don't shop.

  • (upbeat flute tune)

  • ^- Welcome my name's Michelle Sathe

  • ^and I'm a PR specialist with Best Friends Animal Society

  • here in Los Angeles and we're really happy to have you

  • at our beautiful NKLA pet adoption center in West LA.

  • - We are very excited.

  • - Yay. Pets!

  • - [Michelle] Best Friends Animal Society is

  • actually a national animal welfare organization

  • and we are dedicated to ending the killing of shelter pets.

  • Shelter pets generally get killed

  • because there is a lack of space in the shelter system.

  • And unfortunately, every day in America,

  • 4,100 dogs and cats are killed.

  • I don't meant to bum you guys out.

  • - No.

  • - There's a lot of happy stuff going on here too.

  • Here in Los Angeles,

  • Best Friends launched the NKLA initiative in 2012.

  • Our team is here to make you the best possible match

  • for your lifestyle. All of our pets are fixed, vaccinated,

  • and micro chipped. So its like a one stop shop.

  • - They do all the work for you.

  • - We do all - it's like, they are ready to go home.

  • You just do a short adoption survey

  • and fill out some paperwork, pay the fee,

  • and you're out the door.

  • - So full of emotions.

  • - Do you wanna go meet some pets?

  • - Yes, please.

  • - Alright.

  • - Dog time. Party time. Puppy party. Puppy Party.

  • - Hey cutie pie. Hi. Hello.

  • - [Niki] You're so beautiful!

  • Look at Woolie.

  • - Hi Woolie!

  • - He's a big handsome.

  • - You're so handsome.

  • - I found a friend! I know.

  • - Wow you make friends with animals so quickly, Niki.

  • - I love animals.

  • - Like I'm bad at reading body language,

  • and you just have to read them.

  • - What I like to tell people when they're looking at dogs

  • in Kennels is that it's not indicative of who they are

  • anytime you want meet a pet,

  • definitely ask for a face to face.

  • (bouncy drumbeat)

  • (bell sound)

  • - [Steven] So who do we have here?

  • - [Shelter worker] We have Boxy Brown.

  • She's a very sweet and bubbly pup

  • and she loves playing with balls.

  • - Yes!

  • - Whoa.

  • - She did it!

  • - Hello. I got it. Oh you got it. Can I have it?

  • - You're so sweet. Look at the smile.

  • - Niki, I've decided I'm going to have a dog and cat.

  • - You're gonna have a dog and a cat?

  • - Yes, and I want them to be friends.

  • - She's so cute. Look at that!

  • Look at that!

  • Talent, beauty, grace, Boxy Brown.

  • - We have a lot of high tech features for people

  • where they can go around and check out different screens

  • and check out different pictures and videos of the pets

  • before they even meet them,

  • to help you make that love connection.

  • - Look at him! Look at that face!

  • Yeah. She's like "hey"

  • - Yo.

  • - Wanna hang out?

  • (jazzy music)

  • - [Shelter Worker] This is Mia. She's our training cat.

  • I got my first Cat Day training with her because she's

  • just so adorable and she's very active.

  • - [Steven] Hi Mia.

  • - [Niki] There you go. Hello.

  • - [Steven] She's like a coffee cinnamon roll.

  • - [Niki] She does look like a cinnamon roll.

  • She's so nice. She's got such a calm energy.

  • - [Shelter Worker] We have like a booklet

  • that we keep all their behaviors and this is Mia's.

  • - Perfect as usual.

  • - [Steven] Cat pun!

  • - Adopted pets are really special, you know?

  • They're so grateful to just have a home and hang out.

  • - [Steven] You ready to hit the road Niki?

  • - Can we take 30 cats and 30 dogs with us?

  • How much space do you got in your car?

  • So that shelter was cool!

  • - That was awesome!

  • Are you ready for the inaugural pet fact of the season?

  • - Oh gosh, I forgot about those.

  • - Pet fact!

  • - Oh my god.

  • ^It was estimated that in 2017, Americans spent

  • ^nearly $69 billon their pets.

  • ^Considering how much I have spent on my one cat,

  • well you have like the recurring costs like the food

  • and like the litter. I bought him a Christmas sweater

  • cause it was cute and he hated it.

  • But, just like dumb stuff like that.

  • - You know Alex is also a pet person?

  • - We've bonded over that.

  • You know, there's two Alex's in the back.

  • - In the back? Oh, this is gonna be very confusing.

  • Well we're bringing an extra person

  • because we're going on a road trip -

  • - Road trip.

  • - We're going out see some mini pigs right now.

  • - Mini pigs!

  • - I'm going to need your help.

  • - Why?

  • - Because they're fragile, I don't know actually.

  • (Upbeat music)

  • ^- Welcome to So Cal Mini Pigs,

  • ^I am Sandy and I'm here to show you kind of around

  • and let you know what a real mini pig is like.

  • - So this is mini pig?

  • - Yeah, this Jay. This is a mini pig.

  • She is three and half years old.

  • I like to compare them to the size of, you know,

  • a hefty English bulldog.

  • There's a whole misconception of,

  • you know, the little tea cup mini pig

  • is just a marketing term.

  • They all do fit into tea cups when they're born

  • but they all grow to be a full sized mini pig.

  • Which is still so easy as like a family pet.

  • - I have so many questions, I just

  • - Lay them on me!

  • - What's like the personality of a pig?

  • - They're usually a perfect mix of sweet and cuddly

  • to playful and a little mischievous

  • but in the funniest of ways.

  • - Do you have to let them out to poop?

  • Do you have to brush them?

  • - Can they live inside?

  • - I think a good goal is to have the mini pig

  • maybe 50% inside and 50% outside.

  • You feed them twice a day, it's pig pellets

  • just like you would buy a bag of dog food

  • and then they can have their fresh veggies

  • and salads and greens. Anything that you would

  • put in a vegetarian human diet, they can have.

  • They all potty in one little corner.

  • - Wow!

  • - Yeah, so it makes clean up really easy.

  • You can absolutely train them

  • to do anything a dog can pretty much do.

  • - [Steven] They also know

  • how to untie my shoelaces, apparently.

  • - They love shoelaces!

  • - Wow. I've had to tie my shoelaces twice since I got here.

  • - Pigs can pick a person too

  • that they really like their energy

  • and they will stick with you. Yup. So.

  • - It picked you.

  • - If I wanted to go home with one, how much would it cost?

  • ^- At my farm, it's $800.

  • ^But you can find them up into the $2500 to $5000 range.

  • - I like them. Sold!

  • - Sorry. I don't know what's going on.

  • - She doesn't like me.

  • - You know, I think she's guarding him.

  • - Steven! You have guard pig!

  • - [Steven] Alright you stay away from Peg.

  • - She doesn't want me anywhere near you.

  • - Yo. Piss 'em off. Yeah.

  • Alright here are the babies. Let's hang out with the babies.

  • - Pig picnic!

  • - This one's got real nice hair.

  • - I know.

  • - Yo. Are we not matching? Check out this hair.

  • - (unison) Aw!

  • - [Sandy] Scratch under her arm. Right away. Yes.

  • Keep going, keep going.

  • - [Niki] you've made a friend.

  • - Bye bye! Be free!

  • - [Sandy] That's the magic spot under the armpit.

  • - Under the armpit?

  • - Under the armpit? Okay. That's not my magic spot.

  • - No? Their behavior is a little cat like to me.

  • - [Steven] Really?

  • - A little bit, yeah.

  • I'm gonna do thing on my terms but

  • also I'm a little cheeky monster.

  • - Oh, I'm sorry.

  • - [Niki] Steven.

  • - You can tell Niki knows how to act around animals

  • Oh my gosh. You think I found my future pet?

  • I don't do humans anymore, I have pigs.

  • (cheerful piano tune)

  • - [Niki] Is this Peg?

  • - [Sandy] This is Peg, following her man.

  • - Peg returned! To make sure there is enough space

  • for Jesus between me and Steven.

  • - [Steven] You were saying about them being therapy animals?

  • - [Sandy] Yes. There's a lot of people that register pigs as

  • emotional support animals. They can be very loving,

  • and really comforting.

  • - They're so huggable.

  • - Huggable pig.

  • - On her terms.

  • - I'm sorry, I was hanging out with Violet okay?

  • I promise I won't hang out with Violet anymore.

  • Or Niki.

  • - Mini pigs!

  • - Mini pigs! One, not as many as I thought.

  • Two, cuter than I thought.

  • - Yes.

  • - Three, very therapeutic.

  • - Like when you think of a pig, you're not like