Only 39 days before we leave to go and get Dotty!!!
School started yesterday for us, so it will take us a few weeks to get into the swing of things before we disrupt our schedule to leave for Colorado. I think that everyone will agree that it’s a good disruption to the schedule. And with the boys and I back in school time will FLY by and the next thing I know, it will be Friday night before we leave and I’ll still be packing my truck, wondering where the time went! Not to worry though, I’ve got a list started of everything that we’ll need to pack – and there’s no kitchen sink! (There will be one at the hotel we’ll be staying at!!!)
In all seriousness though, we’ve said it many times before, and we’ll say it many times in the future: Thank you for all the donations, support, prayers and kind words. We appreciate them all and we never could have done this on our own.
There are a few cool things that have happened since we started this journey that I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned before.
One family saw us on the news last February when KWWL ran our story; link here. It took a few months, but the mother looked me up and called. She also has a child with a severe peanut allergy. It’s been neat to have someone to talk to who faces the very same issues as we do. We both pray that someday there will be a cure for food allergies, but in the mean time, we do the best that we can. And Dotty is the best that we can do.
Another family has been inspired by Dotty as well. Remember, Dotty’s primary job will be her peanut detection but then she will also help Toby out with his autism. It’s very common for autistic kids/adults to have anxiety about new situations, crowded places, or settings where there is just plain sensory overload. Dotty’s personality will help Toby in those situations where there is just too much activity going on. Studies have shown that petting an animal helps a person relax and calm down. We’ll be teaching Toby to pet Dotty when he is in those instances where he is uncomfortable. This other family has a special needs child who is not autistic, but has anxiety very similar to autistic kids. Once they recognized what Dotty will be able to do for Toby, they started to research what a service dog can do for their child. They began the application process for a service dog last week.
Last January 25th when I made the call to Angel Service Dogs, I never in a million years would have believed that in eight and a half short months we would be getting a peanut detection dog for our son. Our Angels are looking out for us!!
There hasn’t been much to write to you about lately, sorry for that, but once we get Dotty, I plan to keep you updated and this same blog, and then we’ll have a lot more pictures!!!!!
We only have about $2,000 left to raise, so if anyone is wanting to get in that tax deduction, please think of us!!
Katie, Troy, Toby and Tyler