Medical Alert and Psychiatric Service Dog

Medical Alert and Psychiatric Service Dog

From Mackinley Wolf

*Fundraising amount subject to change.* I'm trying to raise money in order to obtain, raise, and train a service dog that will help me better and more safely navigate outside my apartment. Feel free to ask any questions.

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Update #3

about 1 month ago

Here is some info from the ADA about service dogs. I will also be describing some of the tasks in which Sini will perform for me.

ADA states, "Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities." A couple tasks they describe are, "...alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, calming a person during an anxiety attack..." Both of these are just a couple tasks she will perform for me. Others would be: boundary keeping between people and handler in a non-aggressive manner while in a crowded space, deep pressure therapy before or during the onset of a panic/anxiety attack, removing potentially dangerous items from around the handler during a seizure and using their body to prop up handler on their side, via hand signal paw at handler or whine to provide the handler a convenient and discrete excuse to remove themselves from potentially triggering situations, and quite a few more.

Please don't hesitate to ask any questions! Future update(s) will include information about service gear, service animal regulations, training, etc.

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To start off, the reason I am pursuing a service dog is due to multiple health issues. These severely impact my ability to function and leave my home, safely or otherwise. Beginning of last year (02/2019) I was diagnosed with epilepsy. We have not been able to get any answers as to what is causing the (grand mal/tonic clonic) seizures nor what my warning signs are. My medical team wishes to induce a seizure under eeg but due to covid-19 and my compromised immune system, that is put on a long hold. I also suffer from extreme anxiety and a severe panic disorder. Those make leaving even my bedroom terrifying. You can imagine the difficulty that imposes on getting necessities such as groceries/household items/doctor appointments/etc. Without the help from family, I cannot keep my apartment clean or keep up basic maintenance. I am unable to shower, cook, eat, use the restroom, etc until extreme enough that I have to force myself to. Fine motor functions such as writing, drawing, painting, using keys to unlock things, take photos (which is a passion), and feed my cats are difficult and unsafe. Even just EATING is nearly impossible without dropping/spilling whatever is on my utensil. My limbs regularly give out on me, be it dropping items I'm holding in my hand or legs collapsing as I'm standing/walking. At times I am very visible trembling all over my body regardless if I am at rest. I am not allowed to drive until I am six months seizure free and so far the longest period without a seizure has been two months. Believe it or not, these are only a handful of issues I face from day to day. I have frequent panic attacks despite being on Numerous medications to try and manage these conditions. Overall, I am a danger to myself and others without proper assistance.

Some of you may know that this first hit in February of 2019 where I lost both of my dogs and nearly three of my cats. One of those dogs was a female Weimaraner named Avery. She was my heart and soul. Each of these dogs imprints on a single person who becomes their whole world. She, without service dog training, exhibited multiple tasks I will be training my service dog to do. That is why I am, beyond a doubt, convinced this new female will serve as a perfect service dog for all of my needs. So that I may navigate the world safer and much more freely.

Therefore, I am raising money to help with the cost of care, training, and equipment necessary for a medical alert and psychiatric service dog. She will be raised by me, as is often the best method for the job she will be performing. I will give detailed information, including photos and videos, of the puppy's growth and progress through her whelping (June 29), weaning (up to ≈ 8 weeks/August 29), and beyond. The breeder has provided me 24/7 live streaming of the puppies that I watch rather obsessively. This (initial donation amount of $1500) will include the costs of completing puppy vaccinations, deworming, spaying, and vet check-ups following bringing her home. I will do most basic-intermediate obedience and beginner task training (such as: sit, stay, heel, come, searching for/retrieving objects, providing boundaries, responding to non-verbal signals, etc) on my own with the experience I gained professionally training in 2015. But I will (and am) actively seek(ing) a private service dog trainer to help with the more difficult tasks that I am unaccustomed to or knowledgeable of (yet). I would also like help setting up pet insurance for her in the event anything unusual were to occur. Both her parents have undergone all vet checks to clear them of potential hip/eye/thyroid problems; which all were clear! Upon bringing her home, I will have detailed information of the vet clearances of the parents and any check-ups done with the puppy while in the breeder's care. I am doing a lot of research (I have a note-book dedicated specifically to the puppy and all service dog info) that will thoroughly educate me to help the puppy and I to grow into the perfect working team!

ADA and other service dog laws will have their own update the more I learn. I will try to obtain consent from the breeder and trainer to record some sessions so you can watch the growth as the two of us learn together. I hope you're excited to watch me bawl my eyes out as I pick up/visit my puppy! I have no names picked out and would love suggestions!

I can provide more info on the tasks she would be performing for me. I want to give as much present, future, and background info that I can. Any questions you may have, I will happily do my best to answer. The puppy I will be bringing home is a blue female Weimaraner. In honor of my soul dog Avery, who was a silver female Weimaraner. I believe she has given her blessing to bring another dog into my home and, thanks to her, I am now a Weimaraner person at heart and always will be. 

Thank you so much for reading this and there will be more info/photos/videos to come! Including some of my medical diagnoses and how exactly she will drastically improve my life!

Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions!

(P.S. I am dyslexic so please be kind if you notice any errors that need fixing!)

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Mackinley Wolf posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #5

Here is some info from the ADA about service dogs. I will also be describing some of the tasks in which Sini will perform for me.

ADA states, "Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities." A couple tasks they describe are, "...alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, calming a person during an anxiety attack..." Both of these are just a couple tasks she will perform for me. Others would be: boundary keeping between people and handler in a non-aggressive manner while in a crowded space, deep pressure therapy before or during the onset of a panic/anxiety attack, removing potentially dangerous items from around the handler during a seizure and using their body to prop up handler on their side, via hand signal paw at handler or whine to provide the handler a convenient and discrete excuse to remove themselves from potentially triggering situations, and quite a few more.

Please don't hesitate to ask any questions! Future update(s) will include information about service gear, service animal regulations, training, etc.

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Mackinley Wolf posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #4

Good morning! The breeder contacted me last night with news that Sini is doing so well I could bring her home next Saturday, August 15th! You can imagine how excited I was to hear that, I did quite the happy dance (and I might have screeched...)! I have been floored by all of the help and support I have received already and I am grateful beyond words. Now more than ever I really need y’all’s help! If you’re able to donate anything, even a few dollars, it’d help a lot! Also, spreading the word and sharing as much as you can is a HUGE help. The donations received so far have warmed my heart. Sini as a service dog is detrimental to my health and ability to navigate life. I have a number of long term goals that Sini could give me the safety and confidence to pursue. As of right now, my life is in a state of limbo. I want to thank each and every one of you who has helped already. You've given me hope.

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Mackinley Wolf posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #2

From the beginning in this journey I have had access to watch the puppies grow via a 24/7 live feed the breeders provided me access too. Bella, the mother, gave birth to 11 puppies! She has been an incredible mamma and loves to show off her babies. They are now 5 weeks old and bringing her home is so very close! I am beyond excited. The breeder coordinates times/days for pick-up so as not to overwhelm the adult dogs or the rest of the litter. I intend to be one of the first! Sinikka is one of just three blue females in the litter. I'll be adding some photos from the live feed and the visit. In updates ahead I will explain how she will perform as a service dog, the training, and equipment she will need. (Photo is at 2 weeks of age.)

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