Dear friends and family,
I’m writing to ask for your help in getting Stryder a new service dog. Keebler, Stryder’s beloved service dog of almost 10 years, is retiring. Stryder has a rare, debilitating connective tissue disorder (clEDS), cervical instability, epilepsy, autonomic dysregulation, and much more. He relies on Keebler for help with mobility, medication reminders, and detecting seizures.
September 14, 2023
We found a great breeder who is donating one of her Golden Retriever puppies to us. Timber Pine Goldens (www.timberpinegoldens.com breeds service and therapy dogs and after speaking with Cathy and going over all of the questions I had, we feel it's a GREAT fit. We chose to get a puppy and train her through a local service dog trainer because we know Keebler is a senior dog and we want him to have a chance to help train and show the new puppy the ropes.
We will be using Compas Key (www.ckdogs.com as the training program and there is a local trainer here in Bend. Stryder will be doing the training in order to form a bond and learn what his dog will be doing. Compass Key training is VERY expensive (as are all reputable service dog trainers) and we will also need to raise money for vets, equipment, and pet insurance, so it's still quite a bit of money.
We also have an Amazon wishlist if anyone would rather help in that way: www.amazon.com
By the way, the puppy will be a girl and her name is Nestlé- we should have her at the beginning of November.
May 29, 2023
I am writing to you today to ask for your help in providing Stryder Doescher with a service dog. Stryder is a 15-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with a myriad of medical conditions, including widespread autonomic failure, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (clEDS), epilepsy, and several others. Despite the challenges he faces, Stryder is a happy and resilient young man.
A service dog would provide Stryder with a number of benefits, including:
* Assistance with mobility: Stryder often has difficulty walking, and a service dog could help him to get around safely and independently.
* Providing emotional support: A service dog can provide companionship and emotional support to Stryder, which can help to improve his quality of life.
* Alerting to medical emergencies: A service dog could be trained to alert Stryder to changes in his vital signs, such as a drop in oxygen levels or an oncoming seizure. This could help to prevent serious medical complications.
The cost of training and providing a service dog for Stryder is significant. We are asking for your help in raising the funds needed to make this dream a reality.
There are several ways that you can help:
* You can make a financial donation. Any amount will be greatly appreciated.
* You can help us get the word out either online or in person by handing out flyers to people and businesses. They can be found here: bit.ly
* You can volunteer your time to help with fundraising events. We will be planning several.
* You can donate goods or services to be auctioned off at our fundraiser.
* Purchase something off of our Service dog wishlist on Amazon: bit.ly
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January 30, 2024
Stryder, thank you so much for sharing yourself, Keebler and Nestle with us Monday evening. It was an honor to meet you and your two beautiful dogs. I know that you and Keebler will be able to continue to train Nestle to give you the best care and support possible. I wish you all the best that can be.
November 20, 2023
In honor of Eleanor Seath and Brian Saunders of Bend, Oregon. Happy Holidays.
October 30, 2023
May sweet Nestle give much support and companionship!