Hazel's Helpful Hound - service dog for severe ME sufferer.

For: Hazel
Organizer: Creek Feet
$1,740
of $3,500 goal.
Raised by 19 donors
49% Complete
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The Story

Hazel's hound will be someone for her to lean on, in so many ways. Everyone could use a friend, sometimes, but imagine being 23 years old and housebound for ten years --- never having been well enough to finish high school, go to parties and concerts, even go to the library or a park, and definitely not well enough to get a job (Well okay, she did have one paid job as a kid, before she was sick, doing what? Dog walking!)

Imagine turning 23 not being able to move away and go to college, not being able to play the musical instruments you once loved, barely being able to express yourself at all.

And then imagine not only having Severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, but also having been the victim of a horrible attack while still a pre-schooler, and suffering from the horrifying memories that trigger panic attacks and nightmares. Hazel often stays awake for 40 hours or more, at a stretch, because the pain is so bad it keeps her awake, only to fall asleep and have nightmares so bad they wake her, and she doesn't dare fall asleep again.

Now imagine that young woman, tormented by pain and horrors, but having a big, reliable, supportive companion dog beside her. Life looks a whole lot better, doesn't it? Especially if that dog can increase not only her comfort but also her mobility and independence.

With Severe ME and PTSD, for Hazel, a dog is not just a pet, but a necessity. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 29, 2016

Posted on November 29, 2016

Hazel now needs more support than ever before so we've combined her Service Dog fundraiser for a fundraiser to address her new, severe, intense, jaw pain. Since early May she couldn't chew. Then she saw a jaw pain specialist and has been able to sometimes chew soft food. She needs dental appliances and it will cost $6000 over the course of 3 years, plus she still needs her service dog. So we're rolling the dice to get $7777 at a new fundraiser categorized "Medical" instead of "Pets and Animals." Please help! 

-> https://www.youcaring.com/healhazel-695831


Posted on November 22, 2016

Posted on November 22, 2016

Aha! I found the button marked, "Enter An Offline Donation." Thus, I was able to record the wonderful fact that our anonymous matching fund donor went ahead and sent in a money order for $1000 to help get Hazel her Hound. Hooray! 

That donation brought us nearly halfway to our goal. Meanwhile, unfortunately, we learned that we need to pay $6000 in uncovered medical costs for Hazel's jaw pain specialist. Poor Hazel can't even chew, this Thanksgiving. 

But we are super thankful for all the caring support, and we urge you to go to https://www.youcaring.com/healhazel-695831 and give even a tiny donation with a message that contains the hashtags #YouCaringGives and #HealHazel -- because those will help nominate Hazel for an extra $500 gift from this awesome crowd-funding site. 

We've started that second Heal Hazel fundraiser, so in addition to Hazel's Hound we can raise the TMJ medical funds, and I have just got to add that I sincerely think this really free crowd funding site, YouCaring.com, is the best. People have asked me in past which site I recommend and from now on I have a definite answer for them. 


Posted on November 19, 2016

Posted on November 19, 2016

Pupdates:

Although we did not make our matching fund goal, the anonymous donor donated the $1000 anyway! So the total for this fundraiser is the amount shown, plus $1000. 

More good news: We're not ready to make a public announcement of the trainer and doggy's identities, but we have a trainer who has identified a very good prospect for the Hound. There's a litter that will be ready in mid-December so as soon as the dog has passed initial testing we'll let you know. We're trying not to get attached before then. 

And then some not-so-good news. I delayed on updating with those pupdates for a while because a new challenge came along and I was stymied. We're going to have to raise an additional $6000 because Hazel has jaw pain so bad she can't chew! 

This exponential increase in pain and disability has lasted for over six months now (and she's been sick ten years) but the good news is, we found a great jaw pain specialist. And we have a new fundraiser going, under the heading of Medical instead of Pets, so we'll keep on working towards the hound and the chewing. Luckily both the dog trainer and the doctor will take payments over time. 

Please check that new fundraiser out here https://www.youcaring.com/healhazel-695831 and share it with hashtags #YouCaringGives and #HealHazel. 

Thank you thank you thank you, this Thanksgiving time, and how I hope to have more good news to share before Midwinter!

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