For a few years now I have been wanting to get Tyler a service or companion dog. There are 2 problems I came across. One I am allergic to dogs (besides your typical hypoallergenic). So I thought I'd look into a Standard Poodle. Well it is very hard to find a non-profit that train them. Some want you to purchase the poodle yourself then you would have to pay for the training. Well, that was getting into a lot of money the poodles themselves are between $1000-2000!! So I hit a wall and swept it under the carpet. I had thought "Wouldn't it be nice if I could raise the poodles myself for those who are running into this same problem", but never thought much beyond that. At the time I had been homeschooling the boys.

Well, now all 3 kids are in school and I'm finding I have a lot of time on my hands, what can I do with it? I am involved with some things in church so that takes up some of it. Well 2 weeks ago my friend came across a breeder of Cocker Spaniels. She breeds and trains them on her own for kids with different disabilities such as Autism and ADHD/ADD. Her son has (friend) Autism so they have gotten one of her dogs. That got my wheels turning. Could I possibly do this I wondered. I asked my husband and he says "run with it". My question now is where do I even start. I think I am going to call that lady and ask her advice, I have had the # for a week now afraid of what I will hear good or bad.

I came to realize that I have kept myself busy with other things (diving into church related) although very good for me but it was allowing me to run from DMD and not think about it. Now I am thinking I need to put the 2 together. I want so much to do a ministry for Christ and although I'm terrified I want to help other parents. This new adventure allows me to do both. I also think it would be great for therapy purposes for my kids to be involved in.

First I need to make the call........

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Comment by Cheryl Markey on January 28, 2009 at 10:31pm
Even if you find he is allergic to dogs and can't find one for a service dog, maybe you may find that he isn't allergic to a dog that could just be his companion, a lap son got his shih tzu when he was 10 yrs. old and still waking ( Adam isn't allergic to dogs, so, we could of gotten any breed of dog ) and since Adam became confined to using a wheelchair at age 14, Patches has to be in Adam's lap the minute I put him in his wheelchair each morning and sits there pretty much the whole day ( he jumps down when he has to go outside, eat etc. ), he sleeps with him at night, Adam doesn't have any siblings he has been the only child, so Patches is a good companion for him. We did get a chocolate lab back in June 07, we didn't pruchase her to become a work dog, but, we could turn her into a work dog for Adam if we wanted to, but he says he doesn't need one.
Not everyone needs a working dog, it is up to each family to make their own choice. You will make the right choice when you have to make the decision. Maybe even try a kitten, that would love to be in his lap and sleep with him for companionship.
Good luck, God bless!
Comment by Jennifer Shumsky on January 27, 2009 at 12:35pm
Go for it! My son has a dog allergy, so when the time comes for us to get a service dog we will have to do specific dog allergy testing to see what breed we can get. (If he is willing to get a service dog, he's not to fond of dogs right now) We have a friend that is a vet that also trains that I was going to ask to help us with a dog.
Comment by Dina on January 27, 2009 at 11:33am
Good Luck!

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