I figured that in addition to the donate button, I could put up a list of the things that I need right now for Hudson:
-Food and water bowls: 2 2-qt bowls in a raised feeder.
-Hair cutting scissors
-Book: Beyond Basic Dog Training by Diane Bauman
-Book: Hands on Dog Care by Sue Copeland and John Hamil
-DVD: CTS Click & Go by Deb Jones
-16′ flexi leash
-biogroom or R-7 liquid ear cleaner
-Doggie dental kit
-Metal tooth scaler (recommended – tarter scraper at http://www.kvvet.com)
-Dremel tool with sanding wheel (for grinding nails, because I don’t have the hand strength for clippers)
-1 container of Quick Stop styptic powder
-Miracle Coat or Biogroom shampoo
-Leather cleaner (lexol recommended)
-Wolfpack vest for dog, with working dog patches
-bed (I like either the nesting style ones or the big square ones, must have cover that is removable and machine washable, preferably blue)
Just to give you an idea what kind of equipment I’m actually required by the service dog organization to get. I also have to agree to feed one of their ‘preferred’ foods – only a handful of them, like Show Bound, and they tend to be pricey.
It’s a very intimidating list, to be perfectly honest. I hardly know where to start on it. I’m astonished by the cost of many of these things. I mean, my family has owned dogs longer than I’ve been alive, but they’ve never been taken care of as exactingly as a service dog has to be. After all, Hudson has to be able to be at his best every day.
Edited to add: This is our Amazon Wishlist! http://www.amazon.com/wishlist/P76OHAEC12Y5 (edited to provide correct list!)