All of this changed when my parents purchased my trained service dog Sunny. Sunny was a beautiful, shy, two year old German Shepherd. We immediately bonded. Sunny was trained to support me while I walk, pick anything I drop up off the ground and run messages for me around my school and home. He was amazing. After several months of training together, Sunny and I were a team. I entered eighth grade at the Waterford School in Sandy, with Sunny by my side. We both thrived at school, I quickly made friends who all loved Sunny, and he rapidly adjusted to the routine of school, walking down school hallways as if he owned them.
With the help of my sister Hannah, my family and my friend Morgan, I decide to found Pawsitive Pawsibilities in order to raise funds to train and place service dogs with other children. After meeting a service dog placed with a wounded warrior, I decided to expand to veterans as well. The process of selecting, training and placing service dogs is lengthy and expensive, consuming approximately 20,000 dollars and 2 to 3 years of training. My foundation seeks to raise money to fund service dogs for families unable to afford one. I know how Sunny changed my life, and I want to offer my experience to others. Pawsitive Pawsibilities seeks to fund service dog teams across the country for children with physical disability, teams that are confident in any situation and allow the human partner to experience the unconditional love of an animal and a confidence and freedom previously unknown.
The Waterford School has graciously allowed us to incorporate the help of their student body to fundraise. The past three years, we have raised money by selling our Pawsitive Pawsibilities bracelets and reaching out to the whole Waterford School. This Spring 2017, we are setting up a Benefit Concert for our community. The concert performers are students from many of the different high schools around Utah. Pawsitive Pawsibilities strives to give back to our community by doing this Benefit Concert as well as assisting in the payment of service dogs. Pawsitive Pawsibilities hopes to reach out to the community and help them to understand the importance of service dogs.