If some of you want to donate to help pay for the dog (training costs a lot more than just $2,000), then contact me, I'll pass it on.
Letters to DOMAI
Dear DOMAI readers,
Some of you may remember me as the 22 year old woman with High Functioning Autism, who wrote about how DOMAI and a nudist club has helped me. I am now 23 years old, and my life has been turned upside down. Good ways and bad, not long after the newsletter about me came out.
From the letter a man named Bob (you know who you are) contacted me about a service dog. We talked over phone the next few months, from February to April. He asked me what I needed in a service dog and what this dog could do for me. All I know is I had to get one. My depression over the months was getting worse- for unknown reasons- and I just wanted to die.
My 23 birthday was on Friday April 13 this year. My best friends took me out even though I didn't even want to do ANY thing and made it very special for me. Thanks to them I had a good birthday.
I knew I was going to be getting my service dog soon. Someone I have never met, I owe a LOT of thanks and gratitude to. With out the down payment for the dog I don't know if I would still be alive because of my horrible depression. Thanks to this person I went and got my dog. It was a LONG trip! I traveled by bus and train ALL BY MYSELF!!! I have NEVER done that before. When I got there I couldn't meet my dog until the next day. I was a wreck! The next morning I got to meet him! His name is Chief- or as I named him "Hero's Chief". I named him that because he is a hero and it took heros to get him. That's just his full name. I call him Chieffi or Chieffi-Chief or just Chief.
Anyway I worked with him Saturday until late Monday night. We left for home Tuesday morning. This dog is SO calm! He slept the whole way back! And we traveled from 7am to 4pm. He is a GREAT dog. Chief is a 2 year old German Shepherd. Some nights he stays awake and makes sure I'm ok. He comes with me EVERYWHERE. He has even been with me to Kiva the spa and massage place I go to. I think he likes it there because every one else is like him.... NUDE... LOL!!!
Any way my mood had gone, on a one-to-ten scale, from a one, two, or three to a six, seven or eight. Some times it's lower, but then I go talk to Chief or just pet him.
I am leaving my housing this week or next. I'm hopefully going to get low income housing. I really praying on that one.
I will once in a while email an update to let you all know how we are doing. By the way I love the letters you all sent to Eolake, He forward them on to me. I love to hear from you!
With love, Rebekah