Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ten Thousand Dollars

$10,000.  Yup, that's the cost to get Luna trained as a Seizure Alert Dog.  That's a huge amount.  Granted, it's at least half the cost of getting a dog from one of these places.  But still, we don't have that kind of money.  Ok, I knew before hand that it was going to cost a lot, but not that much.  I was truly hopeful that we could do the majority of training ourselves.  As it turns out, that's not the case.  We found a grand total of two places in Colorado that will even do this training.  One of them takes the dog for 3 months.  And they just do the basic service training, not what we need.  Apparently this one comes to you and does the training with you.  That dollar amount is just overwhelming.  In a perfect world, things like this would be far easier and affordable.  But we all know we don't live in a perfect, or even a fair, world.  So that's where we're at now.  We called and emailed everybody, and this is all we came up with.  So now the fundraising efforts start.

Here is the campaign Chris just started to help us get Luna the training we need!
Donate Here

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Seizure Alert Dog

Ok, now the fun starts...Or just gets REALLY expensive!
We got a puppy on Friday.  Absolutely adorable.  She's a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, and we have named her Luna.  Apparently these are very intelligent dogs, and they get big.  Actually, in the 3 days we've had her, Chris has been working on some basic training, and she already has sit, lay and stay.
She's picking up things very fast.

The next step is training to be a service dog, specifically a seizure response dog.  This is where it gets tricky, and potentially extremely expensive.  Seizure dogs themselves, after all is said and done, can run anywhere from $20,000 to $25,000.  This is why we felt getting a puppy ourselves would be more financially feasible.  We will train her as far as we can on our own, but at some point, we will have to turn to a trainer.  This is the part I am scared of.  Currently I 'm in the process of trying to pin down a place that will do the training, and get a general idea of costs.  In the mean time, I have included on the left hand side of this blog a button (through PayPal) to donate that says "Support Epilepsy Awareness".  Anyone out there who desires to help can donate there   All funds will go to training for Luna (that's her name, by the way), and if there is any left over will be donated to either the Epilepsy Foundation, or charities that go to help those trying to obtain a seizure response dog.

I must say, I think just having Luna at home with him is helping Chris in more ways than I can count.  It has only been a few days, but I am seeing such a change in him that nothing else to this point has been able to do.  Additionally, he is now fully off Keppra, thank goodness.  That in and of itself gave him back so much of the energy he had lost to all the medications, and his moods are better overall.  Seeing that all this combined makes me feel like there is hope again.  I just hope and pray that things continue like this.

I also want to take a moment to thank everyone for following my blog, and all the support I have received.

Oh, and I almost forgot!  Soon I will also have available for purchase bracelets for Epilepsy Awareness.  This is something I have wanted to do for a very long time, and I'm finally doing it.  Again, all proceeds for that will first go to training Luna, and after that be donated to help raise awareness for Epilepsy.