Meet Wrenley. She's a survivor of Adult Canine Parvovirus. Bacteria from her mother's contaminated breast milk, lodged in her skull and her spine. This has left her with a weakened immune system, seizures, toxoplasmosis, urinary track infections — and she's prone to small injuries.
Her owners — Dawn and Kamie, who operate a Facebook group known as Makari Danes — are fighters, too.
They aren't giving up on Wrenley. They're working with a team of veterinarians to give Wrenley every chance at living her best life. And so far, they've spent more than $20,000 to save Wrenley, who is just one-year old.
When Great Dane Coffee Company heard this story, we reached out to Dawn and Kamie with an offer to help. They agreed, and we released Wrenley Strong, a single-origin coffee from Brazil. Fifty percent of the proceeds from this coffee will help pay the extraordinary cost of Wrenley's treatment — through February 28.
Before deciding to write about Wrenley, though, we asked ourselves, "What can we learn from this? How much is too much to spend on a beloved pet? Beyond the emotion of Wrenley's story, what is the financial commitment for owning a pet dog?"
We checked with the AKC, and they told us the average first-year cost for a well-cared-for dog is $3,085.