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| California born & raised | | 22 | | Striving to bring home my Service Dog | | Current amount still needed -----> 1,829$ | 🐾Mental Health Advocate🐾

http://gofundme.com/goingforgolden

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Does anyone have a moment to stop and say hi to Grit?! Grit is a seizure alert dog paired with one of the facilities volunteers. Grit has scent-based training, and can smell the odor changes in his owner before he has a seizure. His owner tells me that since receiving Grit, he has had almost no major seizures. Grit is able to let him know a seizure is coming; and he can use a magnet over his chest to keep one from coming. Grit also helps with basic tasks such as shutting doors and picking things up. My favorite command to see is when his owner asks for a “hug,” and he happily complies :) Grit and his partner have been together for two years now - the bond is so strong that they pretty much read the others minds. Three cheers for Grit!!!

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I’d also like everyone to meet my friend King here. King recently got placed with his forever partner, and they work together as an AMAZING team. He is a PTSD Service Dog and provides services for his veteran handler such as waking him up during bad dreams and keeping him calm throughout the day. After talking to his handler (they’ve only been together about a month) he told me how well king is doing. They go to restaurants together, wrestling matches, and soon he will be accompanying his partner at work too. Such a great dog, a silent but perfect partner. ❤️ I am not the only one getting help from the service dog center. Since I have been there, three dogs have been placed and now It seems to be my turn ❤️🐾 I am so excited.

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Katie wanted everyone to know she said hi and also said thank you for helping me out :)

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Thinking of making more personalized stainless steel dog bowls for some fundraising efforts! Any interest?!!

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Black Friday shopping is beginning to become too much for me. I asked my husband to take this photo for me during my panic attack tonight. I got really overwhelmed and had to just crawl into a shelf. Right after this i started dry heaving, shaking real bad, and then began the blurry vision. My husband is so supportive, he sticks with me even though I know he wanted to look around a lot more. Luckily it started out pretty well so we were still able to get most of the items we wanted. My advice would be to stick to cyber Monday.

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My shirts are arriving across the country!!! 😍 My beautiful supporters! @harleys_bigadventure

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My friend Hammer 🔨 here is a mental health advocate. Take care of yourselves ladies and gentlemen! I’ve had to do that lately by slowing down my fundraising efforts, to take some time to relax. I apologize on the delay of shipping the shirts out, but you’ll be happy to know that they have been packaged and will be shipped tomorrow. I had meant to ship them this weekend but because of the holiday the USPS was closed. Enjoy your shirts and other goodies that are being sent out! I will begin taking orders again for decals very soon. I am 1,800$ away from my goal - soooo close compared to where I was ❤️ I had a long talk with a friend about mental health today and I advise you all to do the same ;)

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As you guys know, the past couple weeks I have been taking some much needed time for myself. I have been working so hard fundraising that my spoonie self was absolutely exhausted. I had a massive garage sale on Oct. 21st, and I made a little over 500$ from that sale! So much thanks to my friends and family that helped out (it was overwhelming the amount of stuff we had out there.) Also, the Rotary club of Lindsay donated 500$ towards my dog fund, and an additional few anonymous donors donated an upward of 400$ together, this past month has gotten me sooo close. I only need 1,800$ more, which seems so incredibly do-able with the mass amount of support I have. Please continue to share my account, but more importantly, share the importance of mental health.


After becoming more open about my own mental health, I had many people come to me with their own stories and experiences.


Everyday is a struggle. I’m just here trying to manage that struggle. Prayer and supplication as well as my fellow workers of God have been so helpful and encouraging when I get discouraged.


Please feel free to comment, and enjoy this photo of Hammer 🔨 focusing. {In this photo, Hammer’s lead is in my pocket, I am working with him completely hands-free. He reads body signals better than any dog I’ve ever met. He really doesn’t even need the lead. Hammer is taught to stop when I stop, and to look up and focus and wait for his next command.}

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Shirts will be shipping out on TUESDAY!!!!!!! Keep an eye out for them guys!!!!!

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Guys! My sister is having a baby!! Baby should be arriving around them time I get my pawrtner 💕 two new additions to our family!

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Practicing being a dog-mom 🐾

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Because two are better than one 💕

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A happy customer who ordered decals and put them on her own bowls 💕🐾 they look fantastic! So happy about these! @my.rescued.menagerie

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And this, lady and gents, is my mom 💕 she still lets me sit on her lap even though I’m 22 and she has arthritis in her knees. #thatstruelove

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My mom 💕 you guys don’t understand how much love I have for this woman ❤️ Never understanding but always showing empathy. You can read the full comment on my last post.

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I wanted to say how incredibly thankful I am for all the support. Today someone shared their personal story with me about fighting agoraphobia and anxiety. She also donated 160$ to my campaign. Moments like these I feel tongue tied- how do you thank someone for something like that?
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1,360$ has been raised in the past few weeks alone.
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I have to add everything from the various accounts up before I can give an exact total, but I think I’m close to about 2,700$ now. Give or take a little. So incredibly thankful.
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Also, to those awaiting the news- the shirts WERE received today! I will need a few days to get them packaged and shipped; but you can expect them soon!

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Fundraiser fanny-packin’ come see me!!! 935 N Oakwood Ct, Visalia, CA

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The biggest compliment you can get is that nobody saw your service dog in his down-stay under the table.

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Medical ID keychain. Lists allergies on the back :)

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I’ve been paying more attention to these signs. They always make me smile now. The wording on this specific sign is absolutely perfect 👌🏼 Makes me feel like they know what they’re talking about.

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I’ve been waiting for these photographs to share my happy news 🐾💕 I recieved a very generous 500$ donation towards my dog from the Foothill Rotary. The ASDEC Came with some of the dogs and their trainers to help celebrate. Everyone was in on it except my husband and I (obviously i would have worn something nicer than my work scrubs if I had known 😂) also the mayor and city manager both attended. I will be making a post on the gofundme page tonight with more information for those who are interested 💕

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When something happens that changes your life.... ....I have a very special announcement to make very soon.

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ORDER HAS BEEN SENT!!! Thank you to everyone who ordered a tee shirt! You should receive your shirt in about 14 business days (give or take) as they will still need to be printed and shipped to me before I can ship them out :) —�— If you do not see your Instagram tag on here, and you ordered a shirt through instagram, please contact me. —�—

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Did you guys see this nose?! My hand n paw balm is still available at 10$ a tin, shipping included. No more dry and cracked paws n noses! #goingforgolden #paws #paw #pawbalm #handnpaw #natural #dogbalm #nosebalm #handmadebalm #handmade #servicedogfund #servicedog #fundraising #goldenretriever #goldenservicedog

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Behind every decent woman is a great man. I married mine 3 years ago to the day 💕 It’s completely and totally crazy how fast time goes. On to year number 4!

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Look at those paws #SHINE !! Ahh! Your pups paws could look like this too! My paw balm is available for 10$ SHIPPED. DM me to order!

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New update w/ pics. Please read! Link in Bio!

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In case you’re questioning if my paw balm works ;) My husbands elbow before paw balm and after. This photo was taken immediately after first application, but in reality you need to use it for several days in a row to REALLY see results.

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Working on off-leash voice commands. Jump On - Sit - Down - Wait - Turn

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Me and Kasey today 🐾 We worked on commands off-leash. Worked a lot on temptations. Left treats out all over the floor and walked over them instructing the pups to “leave it.” All the dogs did soooo good, seasoned pros!

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