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The Big Guy and I have almost always had a dog – or two! They have been like family to us, and we treated them accordingly. Recently, though, one of our dogs, Max was hit by a car which dislocated his shoulder, and the other, Lena, had to be put down.
After the accident, knowing that it would cost $1,000-$2,000 to get Max fixed, we decided that the best decision would be to put him down. However, our neighbors knew what a good dog he was and offered to take Max since their son wanted a dog, and they would get his leg fixed. We agreed, they got his x-rays done, and their son (and Max) seemed super happy.
Then one day, Max showed back up in our yard. The Big Guy called the neighbors, who told him that they were frustrated with their son because he was already starting to neglect Max’s care. So now, we have Max back.
Here is the catch: Max’s leg isn’t fixed yet. He walks on it, sometimes, and can run – which amazes me, but its not fixed. The neighbors gave us his x-rays, so we don’t have to worry about that expense, but having his dislocated should be put back in will still be pricey. What do we do? I really do not want to spend more than a couple hundred dollars on this dog, because even though we love him like family at the end of the day he is still a dog.
Question: What do we do? Max seems perfectly happy besides a leg that is not completely functional, so I would feel bad putting him down. But, spending lots of money on vet bills really doesn’t fit into our debt-reduction plans.
Anyone have any ideas for me?
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