Wednesday, February 10, 2016
And now adding Job #3467
He's able to read her and get to her before she starts the meltdown. He alerts me and then goes to her, pawing and snuffling, snuggling and licking, until she starts petting him. I can actually see the tension leave her body as she focuses on her furry therapist. We've had ZERO incidents at home since Christmas and that is just flat-out amazing. She's still having issues at school, but Max isn't allowed there unless he's a certified Service Dog.
Now we've all seen stories of "Service Dogs" and know that there are places online where you can purchase a "certificate" and vest for $50-100. But I don't want that. I want him to have some training, some legitimacy. So here I go on an Angel Quest.
I've found a training kennel nearby that's just about to complete certification for training legitimate service dogs. We have an appointment in March for them to assess Max's suitability and interview us for the program. The cost is close to $2000, but it'll be covered by a local charity that focuses on mobility and support for challenged adults and kids. We've worked with them before and they are truly Angels.
With full certification, Max can go with Sarah wherever she travels, school or workshops, dances, dates, restaurants, shopping, LIFE. I will know that she's got support, love and guidance. And I trust Max with my baby girl. My precious TQ.
It will require some time and effort on my part, but I'm more than willing. I can't think of anything better for my Spring. Wish us luck!