You know from previous mention that my last service dog died and that I am currently looking for a service dog of a hypoallergenic breed because I have grown more allergic to the other breeds and my asthma has gone into overdrive. Since I would like to avoid being one of the 5,000 people who die each year from an asthma attack, and since two medical doctors AND the local police are urging me to get another service dog, I have decided on a medium sized poodle variety, such as one in the picture above.
- Pure bred poodle
- Less than two years old
- Between 20 and 35 pounds, give or take
- dark color (NOT WHITE!)
- Sound disposition and health
The reason for getting a pure bred is that this is the only way to be sure that the coat will be mostly hypoallergenic. Poodles, and a few other breeds, have hair that grows continually, rather than fur that sheds. It is this aspect that makes these breeds relatively hypoallergenic. It is also this aspect that entails that either the owner groom the dog regularly or have it done professionally. Professional grooming is expensive, so I am opting to do it myself. Yes, I can do it.
Not all hypoallergenic dogs are suitable for service work, and some require more exercise than I can give them. A medium sized poodle, what we would call a "large miniature" is most likely the only reasonable option for me.
I can manage the costs of ongoing food and vet bills, within reason, but the start up costs for training and grooming equipment are beyond me and I need assistance.
I am very familiar with dogs, I have had many and trained many. I have also conducted quite a lot of research and I know for a fact that there is no agency in the United States that will supply me with a service dog of ANY variety, much less a hypoallergenic one. Many people are convinced that service dogs can be had for free, and they cannot. The only exception may be military veterans, and they usually have to wait at least 3 years.
Experts agree that clients who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder should train their own dog because each patient has their own peculiar needs and triggers. They do recommend several books to aid in this process, and I have included them on a wish list on Amazon. It is my intention to also join puppy obedience classes at Petsmart so that the puppy will start getting properly socialized right away.
"The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allows persons living with mental health disabilities to train their own psychiatric service dog. There are many good reasons for choosing this method as opposed to getting such a dog from a program. First, owner-trainers get to choose the breed of dog they will partner with. For those of us who are drawn to breeds other than Labradors, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds this is an attractive feature."
SPECIAL SERIES - TRAINING YOUR OWN PTSD SERVICE DOG
by Dr. Joan Esnayra
FULL ARTICLE HERE
As you can see, I have experience and expertise, AND I have "done my homework" with regard to the entire spectrum of service animals. The only thing I need now is some financial assistance to obtain the dog and the necessary training and trimming supplies.
I cannot stress enough how much I need a service animal. This is not a pet. It is serious, therapeutic relief for a serious condition that I did not bring upon myself. This is something that is necessary in addition to ongoing counseling, medication and other therapies.
The fundraising aspect of this venture is due entirely to the fact that I am disabled with numerous, chronic, painful, physical and emotional conditions that prevent me from working. My retirement income is not enough to pay for the start up costs, even though I worked for more than 30 years and paid continually into Social Security. I have a close circle of friends, but there is no close family. So...here I am, reduced to begging for alms to get my needs met.
If you are able to help and you are feeling generous, please click one of the below links and continue on. If you are unable but sympathetic, I ask for your prayers.
FUNDRAISING SITE FOR DOG PURCHASE AND SUPPLIES
AMAZON WISH LIST FOR TRAINING & GROOMING SUPPLIES
It is recommended by all animal care professionals that the home be ready for the puppy prior to its introduction to the household, so it is important that I obtain the items on this wishlist BEFORE purchasing the animal.
God bless us all!
Silver Rose Parnell