I got my package from the service dog organization yesterday.
It has really brought home to me that this is ‘real’ – that Hudson and I really are going to train together this summer, and I will have this furry friend around to help me.
At the same time, it is bringing something else home – the price tag.
When I applied for the service dog, I really only thought about the price of the dog – 10% of your income or $1,000, whichever was higher. As I am a student, and have virtually no income, I will be paying $1,000.
There are so many things that thousand dollars doesn’t cover. There’s 3 weeks of training, where I’ll need a place to stay (I’m estimating at $2,500). $120 of mandatory fieldtrips. Feeding myself for 3 weeks while staying in a hotel. Hudson’s equipment, which will be customized to us. Bedding and toys and food and grooming supplies.
All told, I expect this to cost over $4,000.
The real kicker is this: because I will be in training for 3 weeks right in the middle of the summer, I cannot take a summer job. I will need a significant amount of time to recover after training, and besides that, Hudson and I will need to get used to working together.
Worse yet, this news comes just a few weeks after I had to pay $2,500 to have my car repaired. It was, unfortunately, a repair that could not wait as it would only get worse.
I am…doing the only thing I can do now. I’m asking for help. Please, if you can help…getting a service dog means the world to me.
Every little bit helps.