Animals Australia

A Service Dog For Mattie.

by Kristin Miazga
Identity verified
$1,380 raised of $13,000 goal 10.62%
How secure is the payment process?

Payments are made in a highly-secure environment. We use industry leading technology (such as SSL) to keep your information safe and encrypted

  • 6 Donations
  • No deadline
  • 1 Like
We love our Mattie! If you know Mattie, you know that she loves to run, jump, and be a crazy goofball. Mattie was born early and diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 2. She has worked so hard to overcome the challenges that life has thrown her way and she does it with a smile on her face! Shortly after her diagnosis, Mattie was diagnosed with Von Willebrand Disease, a bleeding disorder, which results in a lot of bruising when she falls (not a great combo). We discovered in 2023 that Mattie had a tumor that was tethering her lower spine, tethered cord syndrome. Our brave girl underwent surgery to remove the tumor and de-tether her spinal cord. She has recovered with such grace and joy. Mattie is now a part-time wheelchair user, sparkly pink of course! As she gets older and grows, she experiences balance issues, strength, and pain issues, mostly in her legs.
We started to look into the possibility of a service dog for Mattie to assist her with her balance issues and emotional and sensory needs as she grows. We have been blessed by a wonderful breeder, who felt the Lord moving her to bless us with a puppy! We are so thankful for her and for the Lord moving in such a way! The puppy will be ready to come home on 3/18 and at 5 months, she will begin training to be Mattie’s service dog. We are trying to raise funds for the costs of preparing for this blessing and her training. We have a wonderful trainer, K9 Companions Nashville, who is amazing and experienced in training service dogs.
We will be doing a bake and art sale as well in the future once Mattie has recovered from her latest surgery. If anyone feels moved to help us with this, we would be so grateful. If you are unable to help financially, we would love your support through prayer and encouragement!
  • Paula Bruder Recent Donation

    Support Amount $10

  • Anonymous

    Support Amount $20

  • Sharon Parlin

    Support Amount $1,000

  • Joe Graceffa

    Support Amount $50

  • Anonymous

    Support Amount $200

  • New Update

    Training Day and Mattie Turned 8!
    November 17, 2023
    Bear had a great refresher session at the training center last week! We are working hard to maintain what he learned over the summer. He knew where he was and what was expected of him and we learned what we can be tweaking as we work with him to achieve a better result. He is still very much a big 9-month-old puppy and has entered the stage of teenager status. He has a lot of opinions on how things should go, ha! Pray we stay strong and consistent to keep him on task as he matures.

    Mattie turned 8 years old yesterday!! She said it was the best day ever! Yay! It is such a blessing to see her grow and take in the world the way she does. These next couple of months are shaping out to be full of appointments and hopefully some answers as the spinal tether may have returned and we may need to go out of state to consult with a specialist. We are just taking one day at a time!

    We would love to have Bear’s next level secured for her birthday! What an amazing gift. She and Bear are the best of friends!

  • New Update

    First Goal
    October 10, 2023
    Our initial goal is to reach the halfway mark for the first level of training. We need half of that to get registered and get started as they book 6 months out. Thank you so much to everyone who has given so far.

Organizer

by Kristin Miazga
Identity verified
Benefiting Animals,
Australia

Donors List

  • Paula Bruder Recent Donation

    Support Amount $10

  • Anonymous

    Support Amount $20

  • Sharon Parlin

    Support Amount $1,000

  • Joe Graceffa

    Support Amount $50

  • Anonymous

    Support Amount $200

Related Campaigns

Take a look at other campaigns in the same category.