Paws 4 Josie


Hi I’m Josie! 

I’m excited to be on the waitlist to get my very own “Server Dog".   A mobility dog will create a world of opportunity and independence for me by helping me with everyday tasks like carrying objects, opening doors, retrieving items for me, dressing and providing me with some balance.

I was born 16 weeks early.  I was only 1lb 2oz when I was born, Mom calls me Peanut too because I was no bigger than a jar of peanuts. I had some complications shortly after I was born, specifically brain bleeds and now I have cerebral palsy.

My CP affects all 4 of my limbs to some degree but my left arm and leg are the most seriously affected. Things weren't easy for me in the beginning and the doctors even suggested I be taken off life support.  Thankfully that didn't happen.  Mom says what I lack in mobility I make up for with personality. I love people and making new friends. I am always happy and I love to laugh (I have a great laugh).

The doctors didn't expect me to live but I proved them wrong. Then they said I'd never speak...wrong again. They also said I'd never walk and when I was get the picture. 

I love to walk and I'm getting quite good but balance will always be hard for me with my left arm and leg not working well in addition to being almost an inch shorter than my right side.  I need my right arm to provide counterbalance so I can't carry toys or books or even the tablet I use for my school work by myself when walking. I have to resort to “bum scooting” on the ground when I need to carry items. As you can imagine this is not always clean especially when in school with 500 or more other kids or other public spaces.  A dog would allow me to get things from point A to point B while walking.

There are so many other ways a dog will be a helping hand for me... 

Undressing will be easier with a dog pulling on clothing my left hand can't grasp and opening doors that would throw me off balance are only a couple examples. We are still learning all the things a dog could help with the fabulous folks at Kingston 4 Paws are helping us figure that out as we move through this process. If you could help us raise funds for Kingston 4 Paws it would go a long ways towards providing service dogs for me and others who have life challenges of various sorts.  It costs between $20 to 25 thousand dollars to raise and train a puppy into a working dog.  Every penny counts!





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