My full name is hidden for my own protection.
Many years ago, at the ripe age of 21, I was in a relationship that ended up in repeated sexual assaults. Now, all these years later, I have realized I have PTSD, more specifically C-PTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). My life, as I've known it, has virtually come to a screeching halt. I am afraid to go out on mass transit, which is my only option for getting around. I've noticed more anger in myself lately. So far, my cat has been my ESA (Emotional Support Animal), and while she's been awesome, she's a senior and I can't take her out and about.
So, I need a dog. I have a particular breed in mind (Doberman), but some disagree that it's a suitable breed for being a service dog. All I know is that having a service dog in my life will dramatically improve my ability to live my life and boost my confidence in being in public.
These are my preferences. I'd prefer shorter-haired dogs (less shedding), but any of these four would be great.
- German Shepherd
The fees range from $5000 for a local trainer, although I'm not sure how reputable for PTSD training they'd be, to $20,000 for a training service in the Midwest.
The goal for this fundraiser is to raise the up front costs of getting a dog and her training. Training takes time, so by the time her training is done, I'll be able to afford all the other costs.
Right now, I'm anxious and hyper-vigilant in public. I have had increasing difficulty being in crowds, and it's only getting worse.