Nicholas, or as most of you know him as Bubba, came into our lives on October 29, 2015, when he was 6 weeks old after having been in foster care. We knew he was special and God sent from the moment we met him and he quickly won the hearts of our family and friends. On 4/20/2018, after 2 ½ years of fighting for him, we finalized his adoption and he became ours forever.
Bubba loves playing outside, camping at the beach, going to the park, and playing with his monster trucks. He loves spending time outdoors, however, exposing him to new places can be very challenging. He began showing signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 18 months and was officially diagnosed with severe Autism when he turned 3 years old. Although we have exposed him to early intervention services to help him, he still has difficulty expressing his needs to the people around him and has very limited verbal skills. Bubba becomes very frustrated when he cannot communicate the way he would like and has a great deal of difficulty with situations where there are too many people or when he is overstimulated. Calming him can be difficult, and few things can distract him from his worries. He has a tendency to wander. On more than one occasion he has wandered off at places such as the beach, parks, parking lots, the store or into the street. He also often hurts himself when having a meltdown and his safety is our greatest concern.
Our family has applied for an Autism Service Dog through Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers (SDWR). They are a non-profit organization that provides service dogs for individuals with Autism, Diabetes, Seizures, and PTSD. Bubba is a very smart boy who has no fear or understanding of the dangers of open water, busy streets or wandering off. With the help of his companion, we believe that Bubba will be far less likely to wander off alone. Autism Service Dogs are trained to keep a child from wandering and also these companions are trained to detect anxiety and work to calm those they are caring for. We believe Bubba’s world would be immeasurably changed for the better if he had an Autism Service Dog. SDWR Autism Service Dogs are trained to help with better sleeping patterns, making meltdowns less frequent, redirection from self-harm, increased social interaction, help with sensory processing disorder, and even in severe cases, they can help find a child if lost. These are just a few things of the many that these dogs can do!
We are fundraising for SDWR as a family and hope that you will be able to donate. All donations are tax deductible. All funds are used to raise, train, and deliver the service dogs. Once we reach our goal we will be able to be set up with a dog for our sweet Bubba. We really appreciate your contributions and your love and support for our son.
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About The SDWR Cause:
Until There’s A Cure...There’s A Dog is the SDWR motto. With hundreds of lives changed and over a decade of dedicated work, SDWR is a leader service dog organization. We believe that through our uniquely trained service dogs, the lives of those with invisible disabilities can be improved. At SDWR, our service dogs include Diabetic Alert Dogs, Autism Service Dogs, Seizure Response Dogs, and PTSD Service Dogs. Each type of service dog is hand raised by SDWR staff and volunteers to mold it into a life-saving tool for each of our families in need. We promote a high level of interaction between the dog, the recipient family and our training staff to create an environment of success. Unlike other service dog programs, SDWR takes the next step in providing a solid base between a service dog and the recipient.
Your donation goes to the placement and growth of more life-saving service dogs.
SDWR is a fully incorporated 501(c)3 non-profit organization and most all donations are tax deductible. Our program gives those with an invisible illness a chance at their own service dog. As a non-profit, we offset the costs of investing in an assistant dog. We believe no one should have to pay for a service dog. Through fundraising opportunities and our donors, we work to make service dogs for the disabled a reality. Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers helps families find local resources to help offset the costs associated with the training of a service dog. All donations go to the placement of service dogs and the needs of our mission.