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Psychiatric Service Dog

Psychiatric Service Dog

Hi friends and family, Holly here! Bare with me here, I'll try to be as concise as I can!!!(Before I go any further, this particular service pup is being procured through a company in Central California called Doggie Do Good) http://doggiedogood.com/service-dogs/what-service-dogLike the title of this fundraiser states, service dogs save lives. I stand firm in this notion. They offer many different services ranging from the more well known "seeing eye dog" all the way to aiding in the healing of PTSD for our Nation's Veterans. In fact I used to work for a dual diagnosis treatment center that now integrates "Pet Therapy" into their treatment program as it has proven more than beneficial to their clients and helps lift their spirits to have their pooches alongside them during their recovery process. **** I also want to address WHY the training is so expensive-it goes FAR AND BEYOND basic obedience training. Service Dogs are the ones that are trained for the police/DEA/FBI, whatnot to sniff out bombs, drugs, etc.-that is just ONE example of a service dog. That is not what Kindel is being used for, but that is an example of what kind of training it is and the manpower it takes-thus the heavy expense. (If you want to learn more about what Doggie Do Good does, check out the link I posted above.)I've created this fundraiser for my best friend Katie. (Refer to the picture posted.) Most non-profit organizations that offer service dogs for PTSD are strictly sanctioned for Veterans, and, well, Katie is not one of them. So we researched far and wide and DDG was able to offer her exactly what she needed. They are both a non and for profit company, but the wait for the non profit part was three years, and Katie simply can't wait that long-especially for the dog that she had her eye on-Kindel-a labradoodle pup. (That one in particular because Katie is allergic to animals and Kindel is hypoallergenic). Ok-I'll get to my point here. Katie is 20 years old who receives little to no help from her family for her recovery. She suffers from complex PTSD and is in recovery from an eating disorder (and all of the emotional struggles that come along with that). Katie struggles with severe panic and anxiety attacks from the years of abuse she endured in her childhood (which no one in her family will either acknowledge or be willing to try and believe that something even happened, including the perpetrator). But what hinders Katie's on-going progress in outpatient therapy is that she dissociates (mainly during sessions) when discussing a traumatic event. This keeps Katie from moving forward and healing.Ok ok. the point- That dog in the picture with her, Kindel- is being trained specific to Katie's needs therapeutic wise. There are a lot of hours and manpower going into Kindel's training-she has finished her basic obedience training and has begun her service work. She is being trained to recognize if something is not right with Katie and will go and sit on her lap-she will tap on her until Katie comes out of the dissociation. There is a command called "Hugs" that means Kindel will literally hug Katie until she comes back to the present-among other commands that I can't even begin to understand. I"m pretty sure that dog is smarter than me. Ok-I'll wrap it up. This isn't cheap. But it is 150% necessary for Katie to progress in her recovery and in life. The "goal amount" I have put is a ball park of the balance needing to be paid solely for the training. Katie is my best friend, and this is the least I can do for her. If she didn't want to get better and hadn't come as far as she has already, I wouldn't be doing this-but that is not the case. The progress she has made in the last year is beyond astounding and anyone who has watched her this year can attest to that. So please-help me help one of the most deserving people I know get the treatment she so desperately wants, needs, and deserves. I'll give updates on Katie and Kindel's progress throughout this process. If you don't know Katie, do it for me. If you don't know me, but are a survivor, help show Katie that it's possible to get better. With all the gratitude I can give.h

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