My name is Kirsten (aka Panda).
I have a diagnosed debilitating anxiety, which has taken a turn for the worse lately, and I find myself unable to even leave the house on my own.
I KNOW, in my mind, I SHOULD be able to run everyday errands just like everybody else. But when I think about going, my brain betrays me and releases some sort of anxiety potion. (Sorry, I'm not a doctor) I literally become a prisoner in my own body. It's infuriating and embarrassing.
My doctor wrote me a letter recommending a service dog. Even so, insurance won't cover any of it. Then I found out getting a pre-trained service dog costs $10K-$25K and my heart sank.
So I asked around to find other options and was directed towards a local dog trainer, experienced in training service dogs and certified by several national service dog organizations.
John at Standing Obeytion told me if he is allowed to evaluate and select a rescue dog suitable for service dog training and I attend classes with the dog over time it will be more work for me, but lowers the price range to $1800-$3500. Much less than a pre-trained service dog, but still outside my range right now
Please help me take my life and independence back! $5-$10 can make a huge difference, both in my life, and the life of the rescue dog. (who will have a forever home, and a job!)
Thank you so very much for taking the time to hear me out. You are a wonderful person and I hope you have a wonderful day!
Kirsten Jackson (Panda)
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