A Diabetic Alert Dog For Kayla

Kayla is fundraising to get her diabetic alert dog, this is her story.

I love my job! Going to work to take care of my favorite dogs makes my day 100x better ! I can’t wait until the day I get my service dog and have that feeling at home ! 🐶💖✨

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Poster # 2!

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These posters will be going up at our local Kort Physical Therapy, they are kind enough to put it up &tell my story!! So thankful !! 🙂

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The out come of a LONG day

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Today was quite busy! My morning started with a blood sugar of 214 before I ate a thing! That always happens on my off days, guess I do not burn as many carbs sleeping in. 😉 My mom and I went to the VFW post after breakfast to sign the contract for our spaghetti dinner. We decided to move the date to February to give us more time to get donations. From there we went to what seemed like every store in the surrounding 60 miles to give donation letters and explain our cause. Fortunately for us, everyone was very kind. Aspen Creek restaurant gave us a gift card for two meals right then and there! Everyone else had to submit the letter to corporate (this is why we moved our dinner date). Once we ran out of letters to give out we went to Hobby Lobby to get supplies for poster making. Time for the fun part! Mom and I made two posters and I think they look great. What do you think of our posters?! One is going to Kort Physical Therapy in Mt. Washington because they have an awesome manager and staff who really care about their community….thanks guys! The other poster will be used for other events. We had a very productive day, now I am going to sleep well, good night all.

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Busy busy day!

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We’ve been out ALL day planing our Spaghetti Dinner, collecting money from our jars, and asking places to donate whatever they can so we have stuff to raffle off. We are now making posters to put up at our local Kort Physical Therapy! We’ve been really busy and more pictures will come when the posters are done! 🙂 this is so exciting!!!

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Party Time.

That’s most teens two favorite words. Well, not for this girl. Last night we had a family get together. We all put up a tree and made Christmas ornaments to put on it. We had pizza, soft drinks and all kinds of snacks. Well being that my stomach is so small AND having diabetes it made it hard for me to enjoy this. I had to count the carbs for every little snack I ate last night. I even had to sit out of the fun for a little while because I wasn’t feeling good. Parties like this are suppose to be fun and worry free. But being a diabetic, I had to worry about everything that went into my mouth, and making sure I didn’t give too much or not enough insulin. Taking the fun out of the “party.” But I know that the day I get my DAD is the day my life will be filled with more joy and less worry.

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My Journey in choosing a Diabetic Alert Dog company

My Journey in choosing a Diabetic Alert Dog company

It all started one night when I was looking on craigslist’s. Not for any reason, I just like to look at all the cute puppies people are trying to get rid of for stupid reasons. As I was looking I found this aid, this teenage girl was looking for a dog for her mother. She knew someone that was going to train this dog for emotional support. She had pictures of her dogs to show what the dog would be living with. I decided to take a look at them and I noticed that she had a diabetic alert dog. That really caught my eye! I had said once before that I wanted one, but only in a joking manner. I didn’t think they even trained dogs for diabetics at the time. So I decided to take her number down and ask her a few questions. She responded the next day with the number to the guy that trained her dog. I was quiet excited. The guy told me he had some dogs available or that they could train my dog Daisy. After talking things over with him, I decided I wanted a dog that was already trained or in the process of being trained. I asked him what type of dogs he had, he told me he had a labordoodle and I stopped him right then and there and asked for pictures! He sent me a few and I fell in love instantly! Once I got all the information I needed I texted my mom and told her everything! I was so pumped! He said the dog would be ready that weekend! I thought my heart was going to explode! I kept in touch with him for the next few days. But the text slowly stopped between us the closer the weekend got. Of course being a teenager, I didn’t think anything of it. So later that week I went out and bought the dog all kinds of stuff for when we brought him home. New feeding bowls, toys, a nice bed, and collar and leash and some treats. I was pretty excited. It was Thursday night and I was at work and confused why I hadn’t heard from the guy since Wednesday evening so I sent another text. After work I headed to my mom’s to stay the night because we had an early morning ahead of us! We were leaving Friday morning at 9 to go get Hero! I could hardly sleep that night. Once it was time to wake up, we left early to go get breakfast. The guy told me to call him at 9 am before we left. Once 9 came around I gave him a call. No one answered. So we finished breakfast and went ahead and headed out to Cincinnati since we had a two hour drive. We figured he would call back way before we got there. Well as minutes turned into 30, I gave him another call…. No answer. So I sent him a text letting him know we were on our way and needed the address before we got to Cincinnati. After an hour and no response my mom started getting worried. So she sent him a few messages and called a few times. Still…. No one picked up. By this time we were sitting down town Cincinnati with nowhere to go. We sat in my car for over an hour trying to get ahold of him. Finally his wife answered, not knowing who I was or what I was talking about, I told her everything. Her only response was “oh, that’s my husband’s doing.” After trying to get some information out of her we were left with no choice but to leave. We decided to go get some lunch while waiting for her to give us the information we needed. After an hour of waiting on her I get this long message going on about how Hero wasn’t ready to be homed, and that she had no idea her husband was even homing him this weekend. She said she was very sorry we had to come all the way out there for nothing and that she would bring Hero to us herself when he was ready next weekend. So after about 2 hours of sitting in Cincinnati we left emptied handed. I was very disappointed and upset. But I was still excited that in a week he would be here, my Hero! Later that day the wife had sent us a message explaining everything and assured us we would have our dog by the weekend. Well as days passed both me and my mom sent them messages and called, and to no surprise, we got no responses. I sent them a message every day and called every now and then. Still, nothing. My mom figured there was something up so she started looking for other companies. Mom spent hours and made what seemed like hundreds of phone calls. She had a notebook with every name and number to every D.A.D. training company in the U.S. that she could find. She narrowed down our options (not all companies would service people out of their area) and sat me down to discuss the differences in companies. But inside of my heart I still had that tiny bit of hope that I would get Hero. After calling and texting about Hero for many days, I get a call saying I needed to stop texting this number because they didn’t know who I was and that didn’t have any service dogs. I was highly confused and told my mom. As the weekend got closer I began to lose hope. but my heart kept on believing in Hero. Saturday came and went and no Hero, no calls, no text messages. So with that, I finally gave up and starting paying attention to mom’s research.
So now we begin our journey in this difficult decision.

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New Hope

Although it is frustrating not having any recent donations, I refuse to give up. I have scheduled a spaghetti dinner at a local VFW post this coming January 25th. I am very excited, I will have silent auctions, raffles and a cake walk. Our local newspaper said they would publish an article for me to help promote the dinner. I also have several donation jars at local businesses in the area. It seems gas stations generate the most donations. I am still waiting for my silicone bracelets to come in. I am excited to sell them on Facebook and at local factories. My mom continues to send emails to the local media. We figure they will either give in an run my story or they will block mom’s email address..lol
If we could just get the community to give up one fastfood meal in a week and donate that money, it would make a great difference. The fast food is bad for them anyway and I am doing this for my health. It will help both of us in the long run, keeping us healthy!
I feel like I am always begging people for money, but it is what it is I guess.
Any and all suggestions are appreciated, thanks everyone 😉

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The life of a diabetic

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I am constantly having to go to the doctor. Every time I go, it involves needles and the nurse taking half my body weight in blood. I already have to stick myself 5-6 times a day. They don’t always get my veins either. They usually end up sticking each arm three times before they decide to send me somewhere else to get my labs. No diabetic has a easy life. I live with the constant irritation of needles and busted veins and do not wish this on anyone. 😦

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The struggle

I feel like it’s getting harder each day. It’s hard to spread the word so other people can read my story. I would like to thank everyone that has helped out this far though!!! It all really means the world to me. I keep my head up high and try everyday to spread the word farther than the day before. With all the help I’ve had we’ve definitely gotten somewhere. I hope to keep it up and raise the rest of the money so I can get my service dog! We have contacted the local media again this weekend via email to help spread the story, hope they respond. I came up with a few creative ways to fundraise through school using Heads Up Hounds name instead of my name, hope this works too. I am patiently waiting for my silicone bracelets to arrive so we can start selling those….praying with my fingers crossed that something will come through for us!!

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