my quest for 4-legged independence

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Just received word that all paperwork is in order 🙂

I may be missing the 6-week puppy visit because it coincides with another major personal commitment I’ve made, but we’ll work it out.

There may be other opportunities to visit, but I’m content enough in knowing that one day the pup will be my everyday companion- regardless of how much time we get to spend with each other before that can happen.


This is really happening, we’re talking about me meeting the pups at 6 weeks and also about finding a volunteer puppy-starter.
(Someone to housebreak the puppy until I’m ready to bring them home and take him or her to training classes twice a month on my own).


When I said “within the next week” in my last post I didn’t realize that it could be as early as today…. Dewey, Padre, Avalon, Nantucket, Coney, Myrtle, Acadia, and Laguna were born today!

I stare at their pictures in wonder, thanking God for their health and their mom, Irish, for staying healthy throughout, and in amazement that one of these tiny little precious puppies could one day be my helper to give me a more normal life.


I have received word that my future little helper may be born within the next week. This news is incredibly uplifting as it hints that I may actually have been accepted into PAD’s program.

Please pray for the health of the litter and the well-being of the mother whom is preparing to whelp soon. It’s never a guarantee that any puppy will become a service dog, even with the best of breeding. Please, pray. Every successful SD is truly a miracle of God and a product of His will.


I have had this leash and collar hanging in my room since around the age of 18. It has been a constant presence and reminder for me that I will one day have my “heart dog”, the one that I have waited for so long, wished for, and prayed over. It is almost as though s/he already lives with me, I am reminded of him or her everyday.

Encouraging news: Today PAD emailed saying that all of my paperwork has been received and will be reviewed today! It is much easier now to be patient knowing that I haven’t been forgotten, I was getting nervous that either they didn’t approve of me or that something had happened to my paperwork. But, so far, all is well!

Additionally, I received a call from a second Doberman rescue today and we spoke for over an hour discussing my situation, asking questions, and learning more about the breed and the rescue organization. They are very willing to help find a good candidate for me whether I am able to adopt from them or not, they are also very willing to educate me on what to look for on my own regarding breed specific health issues and behavioral characteristics.

I’m so grateful that I had contacted that first Dobie rescue, it is because of them that this second rescue was able to contact me. My information has been sent out across the state because of how helpful they’ve been. I trust and know that God will handle things in His perfect way, but I also know it doesn’t hurt to take some initiative and put myself and my story out there. I have no control over what happens next or who my “heart dog” will end up being, or even the breed and health of that dog. The dog could develop cancer a year after he’s finally been trained, I have no control over that. This process is really going to test and grow every fiber of my being, I can only hope that my “heart dog” and I will find victory- to God be all the glory if we can.

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I’m working on finding a potential dog to owner-train. A nearby Doberman rescue called me back today, and although they do not have any candidates for me, they had recently placed a rescued dog with a disabled woman to train as a SD. This was encouraging to hear, but what was more encouraging is that the owner of the rescue was willing to forward my information to the other rescues she is connected with in order to find a qualifying dog for my needs.

I’m so happy to have spoken with her. I hope that, in God’s timing, a good candidate can be found. If the rescues don’t pan out, PAD has also offered to help with dog selection- pending my acceptance into their program. I’m still waiting to hear back from PAD, I do know that all of my referral letters have made it into the mail. I don’t know much else.

I’m also working on creating my résumé in order to apply for jobs as my current work situation has fallen through. I want to be able to fund this service dog on my own without any outside help- that is my goal. If I eventually do need help I will ask for it. For now I will bide my time.


I’m receiving word from different friends and professionals that my referral forms have been received and will be in the mail soon for PAD to review. These referral forms will help PAD decide if I’m a good candidate or not for their program.

I’m trying not to get my hopes up too soon, but I am allowing myself to feel happy. My main hope is that this dog (who may not even be born yet) will allow me to go off to school out-of-state and be a functional student without relying on family. I feel as though my academic life and future career are completely dependent on this service dog.