Hello and thank you for reading my daughter’s story. Please let me introduce you to my 18 year old daughter, Jewell. Jewell is a very sweet young woman who loves animals, anime, videos, listening to music, singing, bowling, and helping others. Jewell suffers from Autism Spectrum Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Intellectual Disability, Traumatic Brain Injury, and numerous Cognitive Delays. Jewell struggled with all aspects of academics through her school years. Basic safety skills, including street and parking lot safety and strangers are still a struggle for her. Jewell struggles with her ability to focus on daily tasks, meltdowns, impulse control and forming relationships with others including her peers.
Jewell received her first service dog from 4 Paws for Ability in December 2016. This service dog, named Rubix, has been wonderful for Jewell. As we all know, dogs have a shorter lifespan than humans and aren’t able to work as many years. Rubix continues to help Jewell self regulate through kisses, deep pressure, and touch. He helps her stay safe by tethering and alerting me if Jewell goes outside unsupervised. Rubix helps Jewell engage in normal conversations with others in public as they ask about her dog and she shares information with them. He helps her through medical and dental tests and procedures. In the event that Jewell elopes, Rubix has been trained to locate her by following her scent. Rubix will be 7 years old this April. If we
are lucky, he will be able to work until he is about 10 years old. Yes, I know that means that prayerfully he has another three years to help Jewell, but the waiting list for a replacement service dog is approximately 2.5 years.
I have contracted with 4 Paws for Ability to raise $8,500 towards the cost of a new best friend for Jewell. The new service dog would be trained to perform the same TASKS that Rubix currently provides for Jewell. I believe that a new service dog will help Jewell to continue to grow, allowing her to become more independent and successful in life. A new service dog will also provide Jewell with another best friend that will be there 24/7 for her and love her unconditionally. Training a service dog to meet the requirements can be very costly. On average, it costs between $40,000-60,000 to raise, train, and place a service dog at 4 Paws for Ability. I am tasked with raising $8,500 of that amount and am hoping that we can receive assistance to continue to make Jewell’s dreams come true.