A Therapy Dog For Jareth

€6,450 of €8,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 77 months
Hello There, 

My name is Michelle and I  started this fundraiser two years ago for the most important person in my life, my wonderful son Jareth.

Imagine being five years old again....the world is a confusing place, most things and people are bigger than you are, you are beginning to find your way around school or Kindergarten.  The world is a place full of things to discover, questions that need answers, new things to experience.  

Now imagine understanding every word spoken to you but not being able to talk back.
Imagine wanting to tell your Mother something is bothering you, you're not feeling well, but you can't speak.

Think about how it would feel to walk around a supermarket where suddenly it seems there are too many people, the noise too loud and the lights too bright and all you want to do is run and hide, so instead you scream and cry because you can't speak and have no other way to let anyone know that there is something wrong.

Imagine having no control over your body suddenly and having a seizure, not knowing what is going on or why you suddenly feel like this.  It is very frightening but there is no-one around to let know you need help.

Imagine wanting to join in playing with other kids your age, but being pushed away, being called stupid, a freak, a weirdo, dumb, understanding what you are being called but having no way to stand up to the bullies because you can't speak, you just feel the hurt at being excluded and not knowing why.

Imagine now how I feel, as a single parent, having to watch my precious child be confronted with these extra difficulties every single day in one form or another and wanting to help my Jareth find his feet in the world and have something to love who will give him unconditional, non-judgemental love back.  A friend who can let someone know if you need help, a friend to play and have fun with.  That is why I started this fundraiser for a therapy dog for my son Jareth.

Jareth has autism and epilepsy, which means life is a challenge for him.  He cannot speak yet and has meltdowns when he is in crowds of people or if there is a lot of noise he doesn't like.  He is at kindergarten which can sometimes be overwhelming and frustrating for him, but he seems to enjoy his time there for the most part.
Jareth is now five years old, loves Formula One racing, whales, dolphins and nature documentaries, anything to do with cars, music and dancing, playing in the sandpit and lining up his soft toys. He loves to laugh and give people hugs, everyone who knows him thinks he is very precious and lovable.

Like most children with autism, he has trouble with socialising and it has been recommended we get a therapy dog for him. 

I am a single mother and raising Jareth is a full time job, so I am unable to work at the moment.  We have enough to live on, but nothing for extra needs, and the needs of a child with autism and epilepsy are many.  My ex-husband has not paid any child support in the four years since we parted and it is hard for me to make him as we now live in Europe and my ex lives in Canada. 

Aside from all the extra money needed for special learning toys and equipment I have now been told that a therapy dog is just the right thing for Jareth's development.  Not only does Jareth gain a loyal and loving friend but the dog will be trained in our home especially for Jareth's needs.  The dog will be taught learning games that they can do together, will be taught to react to the danger signs of an epileptic episode to alert me, to help calm Jareth when he is overwhelmed, in short, be the best friend in the world.  Having a dog will also help Jareth with socialising and be a source of unconditional comfort on bad days.

After months of searching for the right dog the one we got turned out to be an over excited biter, which doesn't work for a Service Dog.  Golden Retrievers or Labradors are ideal for the type of dog we are looking for, but unfortunately cost between €1200-€1500!

The training will cost an additional €3500-€5000.  Then getting the dog registered as a therapy dog so he can accompany us everywhere, things like a harness, leads, a sleeping basket and special dog training toys will also cost money, how much exactly I do not know.  But even the basic cost of just the puppy and training is €6500 so all expenses will be covered.

Please help me complete our little family with a dog for Jareth, who would not only be vitally important in his development but also vital in keeping Jareth safe.  We would be grateful for any contribution, however small, as they all add up.  Just pretend you are inviting us for a coffee and donate that amount, as every little helps.

I thank you for your help in advance and will post regular updates on the progress with the fundraiser and how Jareth is doing.  Your help can REALLY make a difference to a little boy's life.
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Let me introduce SIRIUS SUPERDOG xxx
Best Buddies x
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The most wonderful news to share today. A donor who wishes to remain anonymous has bought us a beautiful silver Labrador, who we have named Sirius after the Dog Star, and will pay for his training as a Service Dog! I feel so overwhelmed and blessed to have all you fantastic people in my life who want to help my little boy have a happier life. Words can't fully express my joy and gratitude.
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I have updated the campaign description to give everyone an idea of why this is so important for Jareth and why I am not giving up, even after two years of not being able to reach the set goal. I want 2015 to be the year we succeed in getting Jareth his furry friend, so please stay with us and help spread the word. Thank you everyone xxx
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An old schoolfriend of mine Katja Ferber sent a generous donation of €100 and will be one of the Lucky Ones to get a Dreamcatcher Reward. Thank you so much for your love and care, I am so blessed with my friends xxx
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Jacqueline Alcock
56 months ago

This is such a worthwhile request. I have seen how wonderfully a companion dog can change a life, and I would love so much for Jareth to get the love of this little pup ~~and beautiful Scooby would have such a loving home !!!

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Barbara Scarola
57 months ago

Shared on Twitter and will do the same on my FB. Let's get this angel the dog he NEEDS & deserves

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Elisabeth Buchanan
58 months ago

I just posted on twitter for you today and facebook yesterday. Hope you raise the funds you need for Jareth soon.

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PK
Phillipa Konstanski
59 months ago

I would love for Jareth to get a therapy dog!

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€6,450 of €8,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 77 months
Created January 16, 2013
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CV
€100
Christine Vermeersch
48 months ago
€1,200
Anonymous
51 months ago (Offline Donation)
€4,000
Anonymous
51 months ago
KF
€100
Katja Ferber
52 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thank you so much to my old Schoolpal Katja Ferber for the generous donation, you bring us a big step nearer our goal. With love and blessings to you and your family xxx

€5
Anonymous
52 months ago
JW
€25
Jane Wheeler
52 months ago

good luck with your goal Michy xxx

TF
€20
Tennant family
52 months ago

Good luck and good fortune Michy

€265
Phil Langman
52 months ago

Love from the Langman Family x

NB
€10
Nicola Bridges
52 months ago

Good luck! Owens therapy dog changed his ans our lives.

€20
Anonymous
52 months ago
Jacqueline Alcock
56 months ago

This is such a worthwhile request. I have seen how wonderfully a companion dog can change a life, and I would love so much for Jareth to get the love of this little pup ~~and beautiful Scooby would have such a loving home !!!

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Barbara Scarola
57 months ago

Shared on Twitter and will do the same on my FB. Let's get this angel the dog he NEEDS & deserves

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Elisabeth Buchanan
58 months ago

I just posted on twitter for you today and facebook yesterday. Hope you raise the funds you need for Jareth soon.

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PK
Phillipa Konstanski
59 months ago

I would love for Jareth to get a therapy dog!

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