An Assistance Dog for Morgan

For: Jacqueline "Morgan" Allgood
Organizer: Jacqueline Allgood
An Assistance Dog for Morgan (Jacqueline "Morgan" Allgood)
$2,323
of $1,000 goal.
Raised by 38 donors
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The Story

My name is Jacqueline Allgood, but most people know me as Morgan. I am a happy, spiritual 53 year old woman in Indianapolis, Indiana. About 15 years ago, I started noticing small changes in my coordination, which gradually became worse. In 2006 I was diagnosed with SpinoCerebellar Ataxia, a slowly progressive neuromuscular condition.

I now use a wheelchair but, as I live alone maintaining my independence is highly important to me. A couple years ago, it was suggested that an assistance dog would greatly help me in this endeavor. At that time, it became a goal of mine to find a way to do this.

Happily, I found the answer to my prayers at Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence, a nonprofit organization located in Sylvania, Ohio, in the Greater Toledo area and a program of The Ability Center of Greater Toledo. I applied there and have been accepted onto their waiting list. 

Now, while I wait, I get to raise funds for my adventure! The dog itself will be free, but I will have to pay for her equipment, which will be upwards of $350.00, as well as my travel, lodging and living expenses during my two week stay in Toledo while I am in training with my dog. 

While I have already exceded my initial goal of $1,000, more can be done to make this trip easier on me and my dog. Any funds left over will be left in this account specifically for emergency dog related expenses, such as a trip to the vet, or the subsequent trips up to Toledo for evaluation by the ADAI team. 

Any help you can give is greatly appreciated. If you want to verify my story, please feel free to contact Jenny Barlos, the ADAI Client Services Director. And please consider making a donation to ADAI itself so that they can keep donating dogs, as it costs $20,000 to train just one of these assistance dogs. You can even make a sponsorship donation to my own dog.

Thank you, and God bless you.




Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 29, 2013

Posted on July 29, 2013

It is hard to believe, but a week from today will be my first day of team training with Duke, my assistance dog, at Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence. Marilyn, the trainer has been emailing with me. This is one of the things that makes Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence such a wonderful place to go to to get a dog is the heart that they put into it. I beg you to please support them in their efforts by donating either money or things they need, which are listed on their site.

I am looking forward to this trip. I'll be leaving Saturday. My friend Dawn has kindly volunteered to drive  to take me to Toledo as well as the day after graduation on the 16th to take me home. Not many people who would volunteer for two round trip treks between Indianapolis and Toledo in two weeks time, but she did. So I count her as a special friend. Thank you, Dawn, for all you do.

I'll be staying at the Extended Stay America - Toledo - Holland from August 3rd til August 16th.

Here is where we are at financially. I have bought Duke's prerequisite crate and bed from Amazon at a cost of $64.99 plus $14.95 shipping for the crate (total $79.48), and $25.99 for the bed.

Car rental each way, plus insurance, arranged through Hotwire,  is $96.70.

The  round trip Greyhound ticket to Toledo and back earlier this month to go see if Duke and I were a good match was $157.40.

So far that brings us to $359.57 that your generous donations have covered.

My hotel stay at Extended Stay America - Toledo - Holland for the two weeks will be $599.87.

Duke's equipment will run between $350 and $500.

That brings us to a (high end) total of $1,459.44 in expenses.

That leaves $863.58 for incidentals.

Anything left after my trip will solely be used for dog emergencies, like an unexpected trip to the vet or a bag of dog food when I am low on cash.

Thank you all so much! I could not do this without your help.

Posted on July 6, 2013

Posted on July 6, 2013

Things are coming together for my trip to train with Duke at Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence.

I'll be traveling in comfort as my dear friend, Dawn, has volunteered to drive me there and back. I have booked rental cars each way. All hail Hotwire.com for hooking me up with some awesome rates, so the travel costs, not counting gas, is at $100 so far.

As to lodging, I've booked at Extended Stay America in Holland, OH. That is going to run right at $600, not counting tax, but so worth it! It's a handicapped accessible room with a queen bed. They have a little kitchen area in the room, and there's laundry facilities there so I can wash clothes.

I could not have done this without you, my friends! Thank you so much.

Hugs & Blessings,

Morgan

Posted on July 3, 2013

Posted on July 3, 2013

It's been a whirlwind week for me. On Friday, Jue 28th, I got a call from Jenny Barlos at Assistance Dogs For Achieving Independence. She wanted to know if I could meet with her this week.

I immediately blurted like little kid, "Does this mean you have a dog for me!??"

"Yes it does!" Jenny said happily. We made plans to meet today at 10:00 am. So I took a Greyhound from Indianapolis to Toledo yesterday and stayed overnight with a friend, who kindly dropped me off after breakfast this morning. A really big favor since he just got off a 12 hour shift.

That's when I got to meet Duke, a black Lab just over 2 years old.

The trainer put us through our paces and many questions were asked and decisions made as far as what Duke will do for me. After 2 hours of assessment it was determined that Duke and I will, indeed, train together.

At the end, as we were handling the paperwork, I felt a gentle thump beside my chair, and there was Duke! "Well, that's a good sign!" Marilyn, the trainer, said. She snapped a picture, and you can see that picture in the photos section.

August 5th I will begin my training with Duke at ADAI. We will graduate on August 15th.

I am so looking forward to next month. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for this opportunity.

Hugs & blessings,

Morgan

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