Service Dog for Julia

$10,835 of $13,000 goal

Raised by 111 people in 20 months
We are seeking $13,000 in order to obtain a service dog for our 21-year-old daughter Julia, who is living with Epilepsy and Autism.

She is in high school, and began having seizures when she was twelve. Julia has no verbal language and communicates by spelling on a letterboard. She previously could predict when the seizures were to come, and we could keep her safe. However, in the last few months, her epilepsy has progressed to the generalize type and she collapses without warning. During seizures, Julia’s muscles go limp, raising concerns of fractures and concussions.

For Julia to regain autonomy in her life, on February 26th we contracted with Jillian Skalky, an accredited professional trainer from “Creating New Tails”. She has matched Julia with Venus, a young standard poodle.  

Venus will be trained to perform three specific tasks to mitigate Julia’s disabilities.

Seizures Detection: She will alert caretakers by nudging and barking 5-10 minutes prior to the onset of a seizure, in order for steps to be taken to protect Julia’s safety.

Behavior Interruption: Venus will redirect Julia’s self-injurious stimming behaviors. Julia will pet Venus to keep her hands occupied.

Deep Pressure Stimulation:  Julia has stated that fear of dying from a seizure interferes with her ability to sleep. In response to Julia’s concerns, Venus will locate specific pressure points on Julia’s body to lower her blood pressure.

Julia and Venus made an immediate connection the first time they met. Julia stated, “Venus makes me feel safe” and she is “Beautiful”.

Our signed contract in the amount of $13,000 will pay for Venus’ continued training and upkeep. We expect to have her join our family by September, 2017 and until then Julia will take an active role in Venus’ training.

In order for us to continue with this process, we must raise $2000 a month for next six months. Any amount is appreciated. We will update regularly on their progress. As always, we are so grateful for your thoughts and prayers.

 
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Julia is doing just great with Venus
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Video of a visit with Venus and Julia thank you all still have a way to go but so great isn't it.
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Great Video of Venus and Julia
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Venus is visiting Julia today how sweet
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William Martin
20 months ago
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I tried to list all of the emojis she could use and cut 90% of them off . Can't edit the origanal post 21

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Allison
10 months ago
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hopefully he will give her more independence

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William Martin
20 months ago

I fixed it. Hope your birthday is fantastic. I love you Julia. You can do it.

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$10,835 of $13,000 goal

Raised by 111 people in 20 months
Created March 23, 2017
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MC
$100
Matthew Collins
15 months ago
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Best of luck- This looks like a great fit for the two of them

$100
Anonymous
15 months ago
AM
$100
Atul Mehta
18 months ago
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Good luck David and Vicki regards, Atul and Asha

DM
$100
Diana Mott
18 months ago
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(A friend of Cathy Cannon)

$20
Colette Palermo
18 months ago
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lots of luck and love

PH
$400
Pat and John Hoy
18 months ago (Offline Donation)
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Thanks so much Pat and John your gift really was really great, Love you. Julia, Will, Vicki, David II, David Sr and Venus!

RJ
$500
Rob and Kathy Jennings
18 months ago (Offline Donation)

Dear Rob and Kathy, Your gift was so so much appreciated, much Love and Blessings. Julia, Vicki, William, David II, David Sr, and Venus!

William Martin
20 months ago
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I tried to list all of the emojis she could use and cut 90% of them off . Can't edit the origanal post 21

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Allison
10 months ago
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hopefully he will give her more independence

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William Martin
20 months ago

I fixed it. Hope your birthday is fantastic. I love you Julia. You can do it.

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