Florida or Bust: Finish Phoenix's Service Dog Training

For: Katie
Organizer: Katie
$1,500
of $1,500 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 29 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

***SEE THE VIDEO IF YOU WANT THE LONG VERSION******
In February-March 2013 my friends helped me raise the funds to get a PTSD service dog. I suffer from PTSD due to extended childhood trauma. That dog turned out to be SDiT Phoenix who I picked up from 1 Boy 4 Change in May 2013. 

Since then we have been training hard, learning tasks, and practicing our public access. She has been doing wonderfully and is already competent in some of the tasks I need: 
  1. Alerts to panic attacks/ increasing anxiety levels
  2. Performs DPT during a panic attack
  3. Finds certain key items that I lose due to memory issues
  4. "Six' watches my back in public
We are working on perfecting those tasks as well as learning a few new ones: 
  1. Blocking on different sides of my body
  2. Medication reminder
There are a number of other tasks that I would like Phoenix to learn that are currently beyond my skill level. We also need to do some intensive work on our public access and just in general make this girl of mine bombproof! To do that we need to head down to FL for an extended stay with our trainer ( not exactly sure how long yet, but at least a few weeks). 

To get there I need your help one more time!! We live in the upper midwest so a trip to FL is going to take a lot of gas money! Then we need funds for food and outings while we are in Florida. Currently my PTSD has me disabled to the point where I can't work. I am in 23 hours of intensive therapy a week. Finishing Phoenix is part of the plan to get me back on my feet. I want nothing more than to work again and get back out into the world!

Help Phoenix and I hit the finish line. It's FLORIDA OR BUST!!!

Find out more about us at: https://www.facebook.com/BeingBravePTSD
or http://beingbrave89.blogspot.com/




Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 19, 2014

Posted on March 19, 2014

We're nearly halfway there!! You guys are amazing!

Posted on March 10, 2014

Posted on March 10, 2014

We are at $295 thanks to the six wonderful supporters that donated here so far. THANK YOU. If you look at the photo gallery, we have a 45 envelope challenge, each with a dollar amount $1-$45. If all 45 envelopes were claimed and donated we would raise $1035 toward our FL trip. I will be updating the envelope image as new donations come in, so look for those.

Also to help out we started a teespring fundraiser that runs through March 30th. The shirt has very special meaning to me as it represents the journey Phoenix and I are on together. But I think it is also great for representing the journey of others on their way to PTSD recovery and raising awareness about this mental illness. Check those out here: http://teespring.com/RisingAbovePTSD . It needs minimum of ten orders to print, with me making $5 per order. After that I take home a more significant portion of the clothing price. So keep those orders coming, we have 8/10 for our minimum order right now. 

Thank you so much for your support!



Posted on February 22, 2014

Posted on February 22, 2014

Special shout out to the three donors who have brought us to $170 and we're not even 24 hours into the fundraiser!!! Thank you so much guys. Phoenix sends her love. 

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