Hi! Thank you for for taking the time out of your day to read my story! My name is Shona.
In the past couple of years I’ve got myself into a bit of a pickle. My dog has got quite a lot of health issues, which have now, after 3 years been put down to allergies. Bearing mind, this is after spending about £6,000 on medications, confusing vets and an operation. So, to say the least… for being 19 years old I am in quite a lot of debt indeed.
Monthly, I currently pay just over £70 for his hypoallergenic food (to prevent the allergic reactions to food) as well as £150 towards his medications (which is like a doggy antihistamine & drops to help his reoccurring ear infection). As you can imagine, over £200 a month does set me back. But that is on a good month. If he needs to go to the vet for something else, it usually costs at least £100 on top of what I already have to pay.
And for me, it’s a no brainier… I will pay because I love him and he’s our family dog. I know it’s my responsibility, it’s just a bit much sometimes.
I still live with my parents, we took the dog in originally because he was thrown away by his old owners… as he is a huge breed and no one could find him a home, he would’ve been put down. He is a lovely dog, so timid and loving… I literally couldn’t ask for a better dog. He doesn’t deserve to be in the pain that he is. So I pay everything I can to prevent it.
My mum and dad help me out when they can but overall they can’t afford it. My mum has a disability so she relies on my dad financially, so it makes sense that they can’t help out.
I don’t get paid that much from work, so the money I am meant to save for my car insurance, I have to spend on my dog. So it means that I struggle every month.
I am so great at budgeting but after all of my outgoings like rent/lodge, food, car, debt and my dog. I am actually left with very little.
This brings me on to the subject of my car, somehow I have been managing the payments, but I really have no idea how. I need my car as my mum relies on me heavily to go places because of her disability. My dad is usually in work, so if I don’t drive her around, she simply wouldn’t be able to leave the house. I feel like I’m stuck in the middle a lot as I need to be the one who is left without to make my dog and my mum able and happy. I would never give up my dog, but I also want to be a little less stressed.
So I would be so so happy if anyone could help me out and give a little bit of a helping hand. I would seriously appreciate anyone who is happy to help me with money because I really need it. It will benefit me in ways that I can’t even imagine right now. Thank you so much if you read all of this! :)