Thursday, August 2, 2012

Autism Service Therapy Dog

I've been holding off on posting about this on the blog. Not sure why - I think I just really hate asking for help. As a parent, you learn to put your pride aside and this is one of those times for me.

I've posted before that Kyra has autism. She also has seizures. We've made the tough decision to start fundraising to get a service/therapy dog for her. It was tough for us to decide what to do because financially, we are pretty strapped. I can't work because she cannot go to daycare/preschool. I know she technically could, but we've made so much progress and the amount that she regresses when placed in a high stress environment made us decide to keep her home. All of our income goes to household necessities and to anything Kyra needs (along with gas to get her to and from therapy 3-5x a week) and to the pets we already have. What held us back from immediately saying 'yes' was the start up cost for getting a dog (cage, food, shots, toys, spaying/neutering, gas to get to training, etc.). We decided to toss a little extra onto our goal to get us started. We've only posted the link on facebook and our friends have done the rest.

So far we've raised $1,172 out of $6,000.

If anyone reading this would like to donate, you can check out our ChipIn page, which also covers why we want the dog and what it will help Ky with. We are grateful for any amount - we've gotten this far on mostly $5-$20 donations!

We really appreciate all of the help we've gotten. I can't believe we've come such a long way since starting the page. We still have quite a ways to go, but we will get there! If anyone would like to pass the link along, please do. Thank you so much everyone!

As a thank you, here are some recent pictures of Kyra:


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