Hailey's Service Dog
My name is Mike and I would like to tell you about Hailey, the little girl who stole my heart nearly six-years ago when I met her and her mother. She is our youngest daughter and the youngest of our four children, two boys and two girls.
A little background about Hailey is she was born with some mental and physical limitations, including speech delay, hypotonia (low-muscle tone), A.D.D, O.C.D, mild mental-retardation and over-all has difficulty with fine-motor skills, and unfortunately over the past couple of years Hailey has begun having seizures (or as Hailey would say, "Shakes!") As you might imagine, outside of family, church and classmates, Hailey is not afforded the social-interaction that most little girls her age enjoy and she does not have that "best-friend" to confide in with her deepest thoughts or go to that slumber party with and sit up all night giggling and talking about boys and music and the lastest fashions. So what does a parent do when these realities come crashing down on you? I tell you what you do, you put aside your pride and humble yourself and ask for help! Hence the reason we are reaching out to you all:
Hailey's mom, Penny, and I are asking our friends and family, on Hailey's behalf, for donations to help us purchase a service-dog. In case you are not aware, a service-dog is not just a dog that walks around in an orange reflective vest to keep you from approaching the person they are with, on the contrary, a service-dog is trained in many areas and for many reasons; for example, to assist the person with the disability to assimilate more easily with others (kind of an ice-breaker) and not only is the dog trained to be by its owner's side at all times, it is trained to recognize the onset of a seizure, assist during emotional-melt downs by redirecting focus, and one of the most important aspects it can offer, is, a service-dog will be a best friend and never judge, and always make the owner feel happy and safe. Not to mention that caring for the dog will help teach responsibility by feeding it, bathing it and walking it and will also help keep the owner moving and motivated through exercise.
[In essence a service dog will become Hailey's best friend, someone that is going to give Hailey the kind of unconditional love and respect that your best friend gives you all the while keeping her in line as your best friend may keep you in line from time to time. :-) And many other wonderful accolades that a service-dog will provide!]
There is so much more I would love to say about my little friend and daughter Hailey, but the truth is I cannot describe to you the love and admiration I have for this child, only God can read one's heart when it is a love that deep and intense!
Thank you in advance for your time and donation. If you are unable to donate, we thank you for your prayers and your smile.
May God bless you!
Mike and Penny
As of Sunday 04/12/15, Hailey’s Gofundme account reached its goal. It is through the goodness of All of your prayers, thoughts, well wishes and donations that this is going to become a reality for Hailey; and Penny and I are beyond humbled and thankful for the love and generosity that has been poured out for this cause. We will never be able to express our complete gratitude, there just are no words aside of THANK YOU! The only thing we can do to repay everyone is pray that we can pay-it-forward!
We will continue to update the progress of obtaining the service-dog and will send out updates throughout the process via Facebook/email. (If ever you do not want updates please feel free to let us know.) However, so many people have asked how it will work, and will we keep them posted?
The first step is we are closing out the Gofundme account so the monies can be transferred. Second step: We will notify the trainer that we have the funds and for her to begin her selection of dogs, (she currently has one that may be a good fit.) Third step: We will meet with her (possibly on several occasions) with Hailey so introductions can be made with the selected candidates. Fourth step: Once a suitable match has been made, the general training will begin. Fifth step: The trainer will spend time with us and the potential service-dog so it can get used to Hailey’s behavior and the trainer can see how to train the service-dog to Hailey’s specific needs, and this process can take as few as three to four months or it may take a little longer, depending on the service-dog. (The trainer and service-dog will integrate into Hailey’s daily routines at this point.) Sixth step: Once all steps have been completed, we will bring our new family member home! Yay!!
Thank you All again for everything and you will remain in our prayers! Look for us on Facebook for future updates!
Much peace and love to you All!
Penny and Mike Spray
Well we are just blown away and beyond humbled by all of the prayers, generosity and love that has been shown by everyone over these past few days and we are almost to our goal! You are all a testament of God's great love. To our friends, family and anonymous friends we pray that God blesses each of you immensely, just as your selfless act has blessed us and will bless Hailey with her service-dog!
May God bless you All and your families!
Penny and Mike