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........