Welcome! I'm Caroline and my husband Matt and I are fundraising the money to train a service dog for our 13yr old daughter Rosemary. Rosey suffers from multiple physical and mental health disorders that make life really challenging for her. She deals with chronic pain, weakness and periods of leg paralysis, tics and severe anxiety and depression every single day.
Here are her conditions:
Ehlers Danlos Syndrome- EDS
Median Accurate Ligament Syndrome - MALS
Functional Neurologic Disorder - FND
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Rosemary's conditions have really gotten worse over the last 9 months. She has had several hospital stays, multiple ER visits, and up until now missed most of the 7th grade. She recently had to switch schools to one that is better equipped to manage her multiple conditions. She has found it increasingly difficult to be involved in any outside activity or in social situations. Multiple daily panic attacks are sadly the norm. Having a service dog will help her mobility due to her EDS and FND as well as be trained to perform specific skills to help her manage her psychiatric conditions and keep her safe during panic attacks and self harm episodes. Rosemary's hope for her future has dwindled greatly over the past 9 months and she has expressed to us that having a service dog is the only thing that is bringing her any bit of hope right now. As her parents we have watched her world get smaller and smaller as her conditions have worsened and it has been devasting to watch her decline. We are hopeful that a service dog will not only provide companionship but also help her mobility, confidence and most importantly be trained to keep her safe.
However, training a multipurpose service dog takes a lot of time and money. Money we don't have because of doctor's bills. However after a TON of research we have been working with a wonderful organizationp in Iowa called Superstar Service Dogs who found us a crazy smart puppy, Amber - a poodle Great Pyrenees mix, and will be boarding and training her for the next 18 months. They have worked with other teens like Rosemary who need multipurpose service dogs. We will travel to Iowa once a month so Rosemary and Amber can get to know each other and can learn how to work with one another. We would be so grateful for the help to cover the cost of boarding and training, monthly travel expenses, vet expenses, completing the fencing for our yard and for equipment such as custom fitted mobility harnesses. Any extra money will go toward future vet expenses, equipment and food.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support!