Rosie was born with an extremely rare genetic deletion. So rare in fact that there is almost no information on what her future will look like. Rosie has showed us she’s making her own path and we are celebrating every milestone no matter how small. She’s now 5 years old and the sweetest, happiest, loving little girl. She LOVES to give smiles and hugs to anyone she meets. She loves babies and other kids. She’s always up for going on a ride or taking a walk outside. She wants to meet every person and animal she sees. Her mission in life is to explore everything she can get her hands on, be that her brothers LEGOs, the water in the toilet or the permanent markers. Rosie is one busy girl!
Rosie’s life is not typical and it definitely won’t be easy. She can’t do a lot of things other kids can do, physically or mentally. But she is happy, so so happy, and we are learning every day that is the most important thing. We want to make sure she has the most support available to continue to thrive.
Through Preschool and Kindergarten Rosie has worked with a therapy dog and her teachers say Rosie loves her time with him. She’s learning to have gentle hands and loves the full body hugs they “give”. After a lot of research, support and encouragement from the special needs community we started the process of getting Rosie a certified service dog. We’ve completed the application which consist of medical approval, documentation from therapists and personal recommendations. The next step is to raise 17,000 for 4 Paws to train Rosie’s dog to do exactly what Rosie needs. 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. Once our contribution is complete it takes around 2-3 years to receive a dog who will be specifically trained for Rosie. This is not a quick process but we believe Rosie will be even more ready than she is now when her dog does come.
Our service dog will be trained in a variety of tasks to help Rosie socially, emotionally and physically. Rosie is a social girl but is unable to initiate proper social interactions by herself. We are starting to see and hear some discouraging and hurtful words and actions from peers regarding how Rosie acts and looks. We think a service dog will bridge the social gap by encouraging other kids to want to talk and interact with Rosie and her dog. Who wouldn’t want to pet a cute dog and ask our sweet girl about him or her? This is something she can have that will encourage people to find common ground with Rosie. Without words it’s hard for Rosie to express her emotions. Rosie’s service dog will be able to comfort and provide sensory pressure to Rosie to help her calm down and regulate her emotions. Rosie has low muscle tone and while she is mobile, she falls and trips frequently. Her service dog will be able to provide grounding support while Rosie navigates all types of environments. Rosie is such a loving and trusting girl and unfortunately has absolutely no danger or safety intuition. Her service dog will be trained to allow Rosie to be tethered in crowds or in public, keeping Rosie in safe places and being able to track her if she does get lost.
We can’t do this by ourselves. We’ve learned more than ever that it takes a village of love and support to care for someone with special needs. We are asking for donations to help raise the money needed to get Rosie a service dog. Please consider donating in Rosie’s name. No contribution is too small!
With deep gratitude,
Rosie, Stacy and Romeen Abdollmohammadi