Peyton has joined our family and is doing a great job helping Conor in ways we never imagined! We are still fundraising as he arrived sooner than expected and thankfully the kennel has let us "pay them back" :). Please consider helping us by donating to Conor's buddy Peyton! Thanks!
Conor and Peyton
I pick up Peyton tonight!!! :)
I have a number of piggy banks around town where folks can donate change or dollars, and I am very thankful for the support. I am collecting them now as Peyton arrives next week and I'm trying to raise a bit more money. I just went to our local library and someone stole Conor's piggy bank! Seriously, who does that? I sincerely hope Karma finds that person...
Despite terrible allergies, Conor made it to his Economics Fair at school where he "sold" garden rocks that we painted. The play money he made went to buy cool items the other kids made.
We are still fundraising for Peyton who will arrive on April 17th (Autism Awareness Month!). If you would like to contribute, Conor will make and send you a personalized garden rock or a dog-a-palooza t-shirt (cute and no date on it). Sorry but will need to add postage, but well worth it!
Conor's advertising sign
Conor selling his garden rocks
Conor sold out of his garden rocks! 40!
Planning events for Conor and Peyton when the trainers bring him out. Looking for potentially stressful ideas so that Peyton can work with him during the good as well as bad times. So far: dentist appt (ugh!), the mall (always a nightmare), and.... ideas?
A great big thank you goes out to Mountain Star Lodge in Austin! We have had some unexpected additional expenses and they have graciously offered to help us with a room for Peyton's two trainers when they arrive on April 17. If you or family need a place to stay please check them out. Very nice folks and lovely hotel. Can't thank them and all the other friends, family and generous folks who are making this happen!
Latest photos of Peyton just after a run with his trainer.
New delivery date is April 17. Gives us an extra week...
Bummed. They are sending two trainers and they need to stay at a hotel. We have to pay for their trip/expenses. Going to have to ask to push back Peyton's delivery date until we can get it together. I will keep everyone posted on when we will actually have them come deliver him.
Thank you to everyone who supported Conor last night at the Kendra Scott fundraiser!
Just learned that Peyton will be arriving on April 11!
Just a reminder that tonight is the Kendra Scott fundraiser for Conor! Please visit her website at www.kendrascott.com
and see if there is something you like. 20% of profits go toward Conor's assistance dog, Peyton. If you decide to order, please call the store at 512-354-4737 as online orders don't go toward the cause. Thanks for all your support!
Kendra Scott Fundraiser
Just a reminder that Monday is the Kendra Scott Jewelry event for Conor. Check out her website at www.kendrascott.com
to find something you can't live without :0) If you can't attend please call the Austin store at 512-354-4737 between 6-8pm to place an order.
Kendra Scott Jewelry Event
Kendra Scott jewelry has offered to help with our fundraising by holding an event from 6-8pm on Monday, March 31! 20% of all purchases will go toward Conor's autism assistance dog. Come to the Austin store on South Congress for some shopping and cheer, or look online ( www.kendrascott.com
) for gifts, or something for yourself! If you are unable to make it to the event and would like to purchase something, please call the Austin store at 512.354.4737 and they will take your order and mail it to you. Online orders will not go toward Conor's dog. Thank you all for your support!
Kendra Scott Jewelry Event for Conor
Happy 8th Birthday Conor! Seems like just yesterday I was pushing you around in a stroller!
Everyone at Conor's school is excited for Peyton's arrival! Conor's class were talking about him (Peyton) and looking at his photo when I popped by :)
Back from North Carolina where we worked with Peyton who is now Conor's assistance dog. The trainers will continue to work with Peyton to fine tune him to Conor's needs then deliver him in April or the first week in May!
Conor and Peyton
Photo of Peyton, one of the assistance dogs Conor will meet.
Just purchased tickets to meet Conor's dog in North Carolina. We go in two weeks! Can't wait to meet the 3 candidates! I know one of them will be the right match for us!
Here is Peyton, one of the dogs we are flying to North Carolina to meet. He is one of three dogs Conor will work with to see which is the best fit for him.
Just got the call from the trainers saying they have a dog who might be a good fit for Conor and we should fly out to NC to meet him! So excited! Ill start looking for flights tomorrow. Please consider helping us with a donation. We are still trying to reach our goal. I will post a photo of the dog soon!
Conor spending time on a keyboard given to us during Austin's Snowmagedon. For friends and family in Michigan, Massachusetts, Iowa, and Nova Scotia, stop laughing!
Conor during Austin's Snowmagedon
I just wanted to share a terrific photo of Dog-a-Palooza taken by Dave Pedley. The fundraiser was a fun way to raise autism awareness and fundraise for Conor's assistance dog. Thanks Dave for the great photo!
Conor Corrigan, Assistance Dog
The beauty of the word "yes". Conor has mastered the word "no" and uses it VERY often. He said the word "yes" spontaniously for the first time yesterday! I so hope he starts using it regularly. Really could use a break from "no" :)
We all survived the holidays and Conor had the best Christmas to date. He was even excited about a couple of presents and much to my delight he opened one gift on his own! He usually doesn't like to put the work into unwrapping gifts and lets his brother or the dog open them for him :)
Meet Lily, one of the puppies in training that may end up being Conor's assistance dog!
Come out tomorrow for Dog-a-Palooza! Bring your dog or find one at one of the participating rescues! There will be activities for everyone and a great silent auction, plus it's for a great cause. The benefit is to raise Autism Awareness and raise money for my son Conor's Autism Assistance Dog! The event is at the Barton Creek West Park from 2-5pm. For more information and directions visit www.dog-a-palooza.org
Want to be a Veterinarian for a day? Need a new pair of Bose Headphones? Trouble with your dog and need 6 in-home training sessions with a dog trainer? All this and more will be at the silent auction at dog-a-palooza this Sunday from 2-5 at the Barton Creek West park! Can't make it Sunday? You can bid online too. Hope to see everyone there! More info at www.dog-a-palooza.org
I'm happy to say that Conor actually had a fun Halloween! After his exciting visit from Batman at school (thank you masked crusader for making my son's day!), he got dressed first in Jack's shark costume and then in his own Knight costume. He went to 4 houses trick or treating then ended up at our neighbors house that had a spare Ipad for him to play with. Last night he put his costume back on and announced he wanted to go trick-or-treating. I'm sure what he meant to say is "let's go to the neighbors house and play with their Ipad".
Okay, we are off to a pretty good start for Halloween. I guess Conor likes Batman--who knew?
The day before Halloween--while Jack will be having fun trick-or-treating, Conor will be wishing the day was over. Such a bummer. Halloween is a hard day for him with all the noise and activity that goes along with the holiday. He is going to a cookie decorating party after school today so hopefully that will be fun for him. At least he doesn't have to go to therapy!
A great photo of Conor from my friend Shannon!
Day off school for Conor. He had a doctor appointment this morning and therapy all afternoon. Not the type of day off he was hoping for, but still, no school :)
So excited! Our local Fox station will be covering our Dog-a-Palooza.org fundraiser! Everyday we are lining up more events, supporters and donations for our silent auction. It's going to be a big day!
Conor gets to play at the gym after his social group for boys ends. I think he endures the group just to play at the gym afterwards :)
Conor at his favorite gym
At the gym
Dog-a-Palooza! A fundraising event November 17th from 2-4pm at the Barton Creek West park. There will be plenty of activities for kids of all ages including best looking dog contest, most like owner contest, etc., music, silent auction, and much more. Please mark your calendar. Bring the family and of course your dog! If you don't have a pup, there will be a couple of rescues with some eligible cuties up for adoption. We have some sponsors, but if you would like to sponsor an event or come and set up a table with your wares, please contact me!
Happy Friday the 13th! Here's our little vampire with Sara enjoying the afternoon after the "horror" of being at school. :)
Happy Friday the 13th!
We updated our overall goal by decreasing it. We have had some generous donors who contributed offline so we are that much closer to our goal! Thank you!!
Conor now has speech or occupational therapy everyday after school except for Tuesdays. Poor guy. But we need to get him as much help as we can. Some of that help will come from his assistance dog. Please consider donating toward his dog. We appreciate all the help we can get. Thanks!
Asking for my son Conor because he can't ask for himself--please help him raise his goal for his autism assistance dog!
more info at:
First day of school, missing both front teeth and not too happy about either...
Conor first day of school
Also, I am very disappointed in the folks of Wham-O. I mean if my son can't lose his front tooth that's dangling by a thread on a slip-n-slide what's this world come to?
Okay, when did the good folks at Wham-O become such wooses? Seriously, we played on our new "extreme" slip-n-slide and after blowing up all the bumpers and such (no I don't have a blow up thingy, I did it old school) the thing had no resemblance to the slip-n-slide from my day. I mean seriously, if you didn't get some sort of rug burn from careening across the grass as you flew down the slip-n-slide then what's the point?
Conor's bad sensory issues continued today. Sadly, he kicked his speech therapist in the face and broke his glasses! Can't wait for tomorrow to see how he does getting his arm x-rayed. Oh joy!
Photo of Conor laying on Finnegan trying to get some sensory input. Ideally, if Finnegan were an assistance dog, he would be laying on or against Conor.
Conor and Finnegan
Conor is having an unbelievably bad sensory day. He keeps stimming and I can't keep up trying to provide the deep pressure he needs. Ugh. This is where his assistance dog will really help out.
The fun never ends...tomorrow Conor goes in to get his wrist x-rayed...
Really looking forward to taking Conor today to the Doctor's office for his well-check and shots. I'm still traumitized by his blood draw experience last Friday. He seems to have gotten over that but doesn't know what awaits him this afternoon......
For those who have asked if you can make a donation by check or paypal, the answer is YES. To make a paypal donation, go to www.teamconor.com
and click on the paypal link. To send a check, please email me at shellycorrigan at yahoo.com and I will send you the address. Once again, thanks to everyone for their ongoing support!
Tom Petty is wrong. The waiting is not the hardest part. I took Conor to have his blood drawn for some tests this morning. He happily waited in the waiting room with Jack. When he had to go into the room to have the blood drawn all hell broke loose. Fortunately, there was a really nice fellow who was clearly a football player in a former life, helped hold him down with me while the nurse took his blood. Jack was a champ sitting quietly on a bench in the room. So Mr. Petty, if you read this, sometime the waiting is actually the easiest part....
Today is Conor's last day of summer school. He was very unhappy about that. He thought yesterday should have been his last day :)
Looking for a tooth fairy in waiting. Conors second front tootb is hanging by a tbread. He look like a pirate. Or a hick. :) either way we are looking for a tooth fairy to help him get his dog.
Your chance to be the Tooth Fairy!
Conor lost his front tooth last night, and yes we found it, unlike the two other teeth he lost (and probably swallowed-yuck!). So for all you who've always wanted to play tooth fairy here's your chance! Just donate to Conor's fundraising site that will get him his assistance dog. Great chance to help Conor and play tooth fairy at the same time! No costumes necessary (although if you want to dress up, have at it! Send me a photo and I will post them!). For Tooth Fairy status, donate here
Conor loses his front tooth
Conor lost is front tooth last night. It was far more traumatic for me than for him.
Christmas in July! Conor is listening to Christmas music he found on Youtube.
Here is the video from the local Fox news station. Big thanks to Loriana Hernandez and her team for highlighting our fundraising efforts.
The video from the Fox interview
Here is the video from our local news station fox that ran on tv highlighting our fundraising for Conor's assistance dog.
Today's visit to the dentist turned out to be as awful as one would think. I felt terrible for the other kiddos in the office as they endured Conor's blood curdling screaming and probably thought the worst. Weirdly enough, as soon as he was treated, he wanted to stay. In fact he a mini-meltdown because he didn't want to leave! Go figure...
Conor playing with our friend's little dog, Kila. Conor is used to our big dog, Finnegan, who is a Weimaraner. Looks like he likes the little pups too! His assistance dog will be quite a bit bigger though...
Conor and a little puppy friend Kila :)
This cute guy is one of the service dog puppies being trained at the kennel we are working with. He's a shepadoodle, which is another word for smart and cute apparantly.
Mator, one of the service dog pups
Yesterday we went to the Splash Pad and had fun in the water. It was also raining off and on so we got wet from all sides!
Having a great day at the Splash Pad
In the fountain
Conor and Jack
Conor using the iLs system while at speech therapy. Obviously having a ball with his buddy (and therapist), Marcus.
Conor enjoying speech therapy!
We now have cute handmade children purses for sale at http://www.teamconor.com/shop.htm
Our children testers (adorable twin girls) have suggested making them in pink (shown) and purple. All proceeds go toward Conor's assistance dog.
Adorable Childrens Purse!
Hi, we have just received an offline donation that has given us the $2,500 we need to put the deposit down on our dog and keep us at the top of the waiting list! Hooray!!
Today we had final approval for Conor's assistance dog. Our next step is to provide them with $2,500 deposit which will hold our place in line for our puppy. Please consider donating to help us reach this goal. If you are comfortable doing so, please forward this to your friends, family and frenemies :)
Thank you for all your support. We truly appreciate it!
Golden Retriever Helps Boy Come Out of Autism
Please view this video.
We are hoping our assistance dog will help Conor! Please forward to friends to get the word out about Conor and his hope for his autism assistance dog.
Conor and Jack enjoying summer
Don't forget to visit www.teamconor.com
for updates and to view items friends are making to sell for his cause.
Summer Day in the backyard
We now have handmade hats for sale at www.teamconor.com.
Great for younger kids and super cute! All proceeds go toward Conor's assistance dog.
www.teamconor.com handmade hats for sale
Anyone out there have any fundraising ideas? Would love suggestions!
If you get a chance, please visit www.teamconor.com
for updates, future events and videos. It's a work in progress (but aren't we all :). Please forward to friends if you can. Thanks for all your support!!!
Loriana Hernandez from our local Fox news 7 and me yesterday after our interview about Conor. She was so nice.
Loriana Hernandez from Fox news and me
I want to thank Loriana Hernandez and her cameraman Chris for coming to our house yesterday to interview Conor and myself about autism and Conor's need for an assistance dog. I will keep everyone posted on when it will air on our local fox station. They began the story last night with Polly Tommey discussing the autism epidemic (view here: http://www.myfoxaustin.com/video?clipId=9013908&autostart=true
), which will then lead into our story.
Also Jack asked why he had to keep the house so clean and when i told him the news team were coming to interview conor, he said "well why would'nt they want to tLk to me? I do all the talking anyway". Yes Jack, no kidding....
I had to bribe my four year old jack that if he kept the house clean until after Thursday when the Fox team comes to the house he could have his pick og toys and run rampant through the house. Sad really what i have resorted to :(
Ok, so Conor and I are supposed to fly to North Carolina to meet the puppies and his potential companion. Worst job ever for me! All puppies are cute! I hope Conor chooses wisely and hopefully someone will step up and watch Jack for a couple of days while we are gone. Otherwise our household will be full of puppies~
Very exciting day today! We were approved for the assistance dog previously, but I was contacted today to supply Conor's specific issues via video, recomendations from therapists and photos. So very cool!. They are looking at their current puppies to find one that will be a good fit for his needs. So happy right now!
We heard today that our local Fox news station is coming next Thursday to interview Conor and me. Hopefully the story will generate more help! I'll keep everyone posted on when the story will be on TV/YouTube
So proud of the support we've received so far from friends, family and people who just want to help! Thank you isn't enough to express our gratitude!
Conor and his brother Jack. It is from last year but one of my fa orites of them. Conor has fun with Jack but usually finds him annoying. Remi ds me of my younger brother :)
Hi friends, I thank everyone who has supported Conor and our family in our effort to get him his therapy/assistance dog. I know times are tight for a lot of us, so please don't feel obligated to donate (although that's always appreciated!) but if you can repost this to Facebook or other friends to get the word out, that would be terrific! I know we will reach our goal. Keep y'all posted on when/if Conor and his future dog story will be on the news. I'll be sure to post it on youtube or on his website. Best, and thank you!!
Last full day of school for Conor and we had a royal fight about what shirt he would wear. He was asked to wear one he made at school and he decided there was no way he was putting it on. After tackling him and getting it over his head, he ripped it off. I put the rest of it in his backpack and let him wear a "Life is Good" shirt that he loves. So much for school spirit. :)
Our local fox news station is considering doing a story on conor and his quest to get his assistance dog. Cool, huh? Keep you posted and if that happens I wil post the video!