Soon...We will have a NEW addition to our family!
Last Friday, we had our appointment with Freedom Service Dogs of America and talked about the needs that Bailey has, and how a service dog would help to improve her life. We met three dogs and instantly fell in love with all of them.
This organization is HIGH CLASS...Let me tell you! If there was a 4 star doggie shelter...THIS IS IT!
Let me go back to the beginning and tell you what led us to Freedom....
When Bailey was first diagnosed with her brain tumors, we entered into a world that was so foreign to us. A whirlwind of memories...Chemo...MRI's...Blood Draws....Surgery....For 2 LONG years that was our life.
Now? We are far from being clear of that world. The two years of chemo have taken its toll on Bailey and we are just taking a break from it all...Time to mend, and figure out a plan.
While we were at the hospital for our 'every 3 month MRI', we talked to a family who had a dog with them, with a harness from Freedom. For me, service dogs were for those with severe disabilities, but the dog we met that day, was for a child going through what Bailey is going through. A "skilled companion" is what the mother called this dog.
She went on to tell me how their dog helps in the family and I was immediately drawn in. I went home a looked up the website and applied. Bailey wrote a little bit about how a dog would help her...and I explained more about what Bailey is facing.
We got an email back....And the process began.
The best thing about Freedom...? These dogs....Are rescue dogs! This organization finds these amazing animals at shelters all across Denver! Then...they custom train them, to fit client needs!
So our appointment last Friday was a meeting to introduce ourselves and learn more about how Freedom works. They spend 20-25,000 dollars to specially train these dogs....Then, the best part, don't charge their clients anything! The company runs on donations and fund raising!
The heart and soul of this organization shines so bright!
This weekend, after going through some training...We will have a guest in our home. 'Fergus' was one of the 3 dogs we met on Friday, and has been offered to Bailey, based on how he interacts and fits in with our family.
The process has moved very fast for us...Which is not typically how things work. Service dogs require intense training...Both on the dog side AND the human side. We have circumstances that don't really require FULL-SERVICES, so a dog that doesn't need quite as intensive training just happened to arrive.
We are VERY excited to have Fergus in our home, and pray that everything works out. Freedom Service Dogs has been wonderful during this process and we are happy to have them be a part of our lives!
Thank you so much FREEDOM...For being a part of Bailey's healing.