Thursday, April 23, 2009

A Dog for Dawsyn

The title was lifted from Buggering Crap Monkies (formerly Reality Check) my daughter May-B's blog. Dawsyn is the daughter of her second-cousin.

Dawsyn suffers from a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet's Syndrome (Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy of Infancy). for Dawsyn to Dawsyn has been approved to get a Seizure Alert Assistance dog. , but now it's about raising money for her. Her mom started a website to help raise money for the dog (US$13,000). Donating is a little complicated - you have to go to the 4Paws website and donate in Dawsyn's name (Dawsyn Harke).

Dawsyn is a real sweetie pie who has numerous seizures a day for some time now. She deserves to have anything to make life easier on herself and her family.

Dawsyn's mom sent this email with more information:

An update on how Dawsyn is doing is long overdue so I will quickly try to bring you up-to-date.

We have just received some exciting news. Dawsyn has been approved to receive a Seizure Assistance dog from 4 Paws for Ability. This dog will be trained specifically to meet Dawsyn’s needs. It will alert us when she has a seizure, it will be her companion and guardian and it will track her if she manages to escape our vigilant care!

4 Paws is a fabulous organization that trains dogs for children with many different needs (autism, ADHD, FASD, etc.) – most organizations will not provide service dogs for individuals younger than 16. Those that do provide them have extremely long waiting lists (2 to 5 years). 4 Paws has no waiting list because they allow the recipients of the dogs and their family to assist in fund raising that goes towards the training of the dog. We have just begun the process of raising US$13,000 towards the training of Dawsyn’s dog.

For more information about Dawsyn, you can now check out her very own personal website at

For more information about 4 Paws for Ability, please go to

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