My son who is ten years of age lost his treasured great dane. My son is in a wheelchair fulltime and has many other problems. I got him a great dane when he was a baby and they grew up together. His great dane was the perfect size to stand or sit next to his wheelchair so he could have his hand on his doggy whenever he wanted to. I live in Oregon and if anyone can help me find a very cheap great dane for my son I would really appreciate it. With the costs of taking care of my son alone I don't have much to spend on a dog, but I can see how depressed my son is getting by not having his treasured pet.
Please let me know if you know of any breeders or anyone that might give me a break on price. I haven't been able to find a breeder in my neck of the woods, so any type of help would be really appreciated.
I've looked in the rescue places and the dog pounds. It seems like great danes are so hard to find around here. The closest one I found yesterday in a pound was in Seattle Washington, but I can't get up that far.
How did you afford to take care of the last dog if you don't have much money? The money spent to buy a dog is pennies compared to the vet bills. I know giant breed dogs have more health needs than smaller dogs. I feel for your son, but I'm just tired of going on this site and reading about dogs going without health care because the owner can't afford it. Find an animal you can afford to buy and afford the vet bills. If you can't afford an animal look into programs that bring special needs children an animals together or take your son to the zoo.
I never had a problem with vet bills. My son's dog was one of the healthiest animals alive. I may be strapped for cash, but my son and pets never go without. I may not have all the things I want, but they always do no matter what. Whether a bill has to wait do to they need something then so be it. But I've never ever in my life allowed bad or even somewhat neglectful care to any of my animals.
I'm glad your last dog was healthy.Just read some of the other post and you will find you were very lucky.
Wiley I hope you didn't thing I was telling the OP to get a cheap dog from a puppy mill or BYB because I said get an animal you can afford , not dog. Birds and fish need homes too. Birds live long, some talk, some do tricks, and most love some one to talk to them.
Really OP look into programs that match children with special needs to animals. I know there are programs that would help you get a dog and help with any cost if needed. This is a win for your son and a win for a dog. There are also horse back riding programs, another great way to introduce your son to other animals besides dogs. The cost are usually based on income. If you haven't heard of these programs talk to your son's teacher, doctor, or look on the net. If no one can help you there is always the zoo or over the summer there are county and state fairs. Don't limit yourself or your son to just a Great Dane.
I'd be very careful with getting a Great Dane from rescue. If you want a dog with a sterling temperament (and you need one for your boy) you might want to contact the nearest breed club (which you can get at akc.org) and explain your circumstances.
Everyone has a soft spot for special needs kids and I bet there is an organization or person out there who could help you out. Certainly the breed clubs would have more resources than we have.
I don't think you should stop looking. SOMEONE will help you. I will ask my Lord to help you find a dog for your child.