Quoting mama3trish:" Awe this is so heartwarming. Ironically my sister told me about an article (here in Canada) that has ... [snip!] ... her communicating-win win situation, she gets to love the dog, the dog gets the love, and she will progress.Awesome story mama."
Could the 20 000 dollars be covered by healthcare or a charity? That is one heck of a bill!
I know we did research about what dog to get. Her breed is known to be patient and good with kids and so far she is. She's had her ears pulled, her food taken away etc. She's still young too so it's good. She will learn patience lol.
Maybe you could see if you could get a regular dog with a breed known to be a good companion and has energy. I know for us that was key since the kids, especially Emily, can be hyper and drain energy lol. I even inquired obedience classes and mentioned Emily having autism. The trainer said he gets these situations regularly and asked that Emily and the other kids be part of the training classes. The first batch is 6 classes for $200...which is really not bad and he will mold the training to the specific needs to our family. He also said that the fact that the dog will be much bigger then we expected (we thought she would be a beagle mix, turns out it's a treeing walker/blue tick) is very good, since she will grow with Emily and have the strength and presence to help an older and bigger child compared to a small dog. We're even going to show the dog how to be walked and walk Emily at the same time with the dog tied to her waist! I wont have to put her in a stroller at 5 when we go to busy areas anymore
If you're interested look it up mama! I can help you if you like