So by now I’ve had Maverick for a couple of weeks and the bills were starting to pile up. I was more than a little bit anxious about how I was going to finance this latest adventure as Kenny, my last “project” had cost four arms and ten legs. We were doing several hours of physical therapy a day as well as acupuncture so I was paying my staff and my veterinarians out of my own pocket to work on him. I also have at least two vets coming in to work each week on a part time basis doing acupuncture and fortunately both of them graciously offered to do Mav’s acu for free (thank god!). I really wanted to hire a part time physical therapist as well that was super knowledgeable about casting and splinting as that is not my area of expertise. I was thinking that with a PT coming in daily to supplement all the other therapy that he was getting would really give him an extra kick. He needed at least four hours of therapy a day.
I also knew we needed to buy him several quad wheelchairs as he was going to grow out of each one quickly. A quad cart can easily run $1200! We were also thinking about getting some custom made Dynasplints for each leg which ran about $600 each. And he would need several as he grew….. And then we needed some No-Knuckling socks for the back feet ($125), custom made Thera-Paw dorsi-flex booties ($250), Walkabout Harnesses for both front and back legs and so on, and so on, and so on. I was also talking to a prosthetist to see if we could have some custom made splints fabricated for his land exercises, which of course he was going to grow out of as well. Every inch that he grew, which I knew was going to be about once a week, would mean changing out devices that would continue to fit him. How in the hell was I going to pay for all of this?!!!
Enter Lauren, our rock star receptionist who also happens to be a whiz at social media. Lauren upon seeing the stricken look on my face as I calculated how much all of this was going to cost, immediately reassured me that she would set up a fundraiser on social media. Everyone in the office assured me that once people read about Maverick’s story and saw the photos and videos of him they would HAVE to send us some money to help out. Who can resist the call to help a paralyzed puppy walk again for Pete’s sakes???!!! I wasn’t convinced. Yes, he is adorable and yes, his story is very compelling but could we raise anywhere near what we needed to get this dog walking again?
If Kenny’s bills were any indication, Maverick was going to cost about $40,000. Dr. Tyneway thought it would take me 6-8 months to get him up again and that would mean four hours/day of rehab. I couldn’t even wrap my brain around such a large amount. Lauren thought that we shouldn’t try to raise anywhere near that (thanks Lauren!) as it would scare people away from contributing. She suggested we set a much lower amount of $14,000. Seems less daunting and much more do-able. Except that it wouldn’t fund even half of his bills!!