Seren's story really caught my heart. With my love of Tibetan Terriers and TToodles I got chatting with mum Anna. We chatted about her current assistance dog and how she (Nele) wasn't well with a liver condition she was tired and how Seren needed a assitance dog to lighten the load for Nele. They had chosen a TToodle but everyone is feeling the pinch and unfortunately we couldn't find any service dog charities, with open lists, that would supply a trained dog to a family with more than one asc child. Therefore they have set up a go fund me page for help towards the cost of the dog and training.
here is the link: https://gofund.me/8a94ae1b
Seren & Nettle
you can read Seren's story below
Seren has recently turned 14, when the pandemic hit Seren was 11 and they hit crisis. I (mum) was shielded, so Seren had to be pulled out of school prior to the national lockdown. Everything that they relied on, and helped them to regulate was removed overnight. They were in year 6, and as a consequence of covid never went back to primary school. At this point, although they didn't have a diagnosis, it was strongly suspected they had autistic spectrum condition. Their three older brothers were diagnosed with asc. Seren had always struggled with anxiety, but this became huge when they started secondary school, they shut down and only managed 1.5 days there. It quickly became evident that Seren was not going to be able to cope there, and repeatedly taking them to the gates and then them not being able to physically walk through was torturous for them and us. Eventually we had an appointment with paeds, they were referred to the Hospital Reintegration Education Service and the autism assessment process began.
Despite the limited timetable and very low key one to one approach, Seren still struggled to engage with HERS until the conversation went to dogs. Seren hadn't ever been around dogs, and was terrified of them, BUT Seren knew they needed a dog. They and their teacher did lots of research, and they decided they needed a Poochon to be trained as an autism assistance dog.
Nele has been incredibly transforming for them. They are now at an amazing new specialist independent, Nele accompanies them, and want to try and increase their hours to full time, but sadly due to her poor health Nele tires easily. Hence why we are fundraising for the second dog, a Ttoodle named Nettle or Nettle Penelope Rainbow Dragon who joins our family in two weeks time. The two dogs will share the job role and be with me on days they aren't working.
Unfortunately we couldn't find any service dog charities, with open lists, that would supply a trained dog to a family with more than one asc child.
If you can help in any way, no matter how small please donate, even a pound would help.