Help to finish training
Christine's form of epilepsy prevents her from remembering she had a seizure. Because of this, Christine denies having seizures,
It's all been a journey to find out what was causing her epilepsy. We went from pediatrician to neurologist to endocrinologist to geneticist. It turned out to be a genetic problem with one of her chromosomes.
Through the long period of testing, it was unclear if doctors would ever find a way to control Christine's seizures. Aware of service dogs that could detect and alert for seizures, I decided to purchase a dog for Christine.
Seizure dog training takes several years and the average cost of training runs close to $25,000 or more. I have received help from the local Lions Club and other individuals to start Xena's training, but now it is time to step it up and go for the final chapter, which is the largest cost.
Although it has been almost 3 years since we began this journey the end is near. We had to put training on hold because the medicines etc. finally began working. So we have had to regroup and modify the plan so we can get Xena working and put Christine at ease. In the next week Xena will finally be going back to finish this leg of her training as a Service Dog and if (hopefully this won't happen) seizures return we can then up her level to seizure alert. To explain the difference as a seizure alert she would be trained to notify a specified person to a pending seizure as opposed to now her job will be more to service Christine incase of a seizure.
Thank you for listening to our story and thank-you for any help to can give to help us get Xena certified as a service dog.
For more information on epilepsy here is a link you might find informational http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.epilepsy.com%2Fepilepsy%2Ftypes_seizures&h=cAQGzGBVR
I know Christine can't wait.
Without the support of all you folks this would never have been possible, even though we haven't reached our goal. Thank you again everyone. I will post again when she is official.
I know this has been a long process, I had been warned of this from the get go. that is why the cost is so high. The time it takes you don't realze until you get started. Not only do you have to make sure the dog in perfectly obedient they have to be over the top almost perfect in every way. Miss Bert needs to make sure that at no time will Xena try to "take advantage" like if she sees something and wants to chase it. that she doesn't try to pull away from Christine. etc. etc.
But like I said we are close to the end. A huge thank you to all who have donated towards this training and thank you to anyone who may yet donate. This would not have been possible without your love and support aand patience.