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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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 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!
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!
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!
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!
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 :)
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".
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!
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!
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!
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?
Okay, totally awful story about a mother who wrote a letter to another mom telling her she should "euthanize" her autistic child along with many mean, ignorant and awful things. Here is the original letter and the news story. Fortunately it seems to be going viral. Karma is a ....what do they call it? :)
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....
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
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...
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.
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!!!
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
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. :)
Conor is 7 years old and diagnosed with autism. He is receiving speech and occupational therapy. He is somewhat verbal but unable to tell anyone his name or phone number or address. This is especially difficult as he has started to wander or run off. Conor also has the typical autistic problem with social interaction as well as tantrums. We look forward to getting him an assistant dog who helps in all these areas. They become great helpers to children like Conor and herd them from wandering or keep them safe when they get out. They have proven to be a great way for children to interact as others like to meet the dog, and therefore, the child. They are also soothing and comforting during the frequent tantrums Conor experiences.
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