18 Feb Smart Pup for Kalila
This is our beautiful Kalila Rose. She has a rare condition called Rett Syndrome. Rett Syndrome affects 1 in 10,000 children in Australia, mostly girls. It is primarily a neuro-developmental condition which affects the whole body.
Everyday Kalila suffers from unpredictable seizures, day or night, even though she is on medication. A ‘Smart Pups’ trained seizure-alert and mobility dog would alarm us of the onset of a seizure, so we can have forewarning to prevent falls and injuries, and awaken us at night if a she has a seizure. This could be life-saving.
Kalila’s mobility is also greatly affected due to balance issues. She requires assistance with walking, as she feels unsafe unless she is holding on to someone or something. This is where one of these lovely dogs could help her become more mobile and feel confident.
Kalila requires assistance with all areas of her life. She is non-verbal, but is slowly learning how to use a speech-generating device. This severely affects her ability to interact with others. And although she a very sociable girl, who loves to be around others, it is sometimes awkward when others are unsure of her disability. So her disability tends to alienate her from social interaction. An assistance dog could help in this respect as a beautiful dog always attracts a lot of attention, and is a great ice breaker for someone a bit nervous about approaching her.
Kalila has pain on a daily basis which can cause distress and anxiety. A reassuring companion dog would have a calming and comforting affect on her. Life for Kalila means many hospital visits to see various specialists, and sometimes trips to the emergency department after serious seizures can be quite stressful, so life can get quite lonely without any real friends to support her journey. A specially selected and trained assistance dog would be an important friend and companion in these very challenging situations.
One of Kalila’s favourite things to do is to visit the RSPCA, where she watches and sometimes pats the dogs and cats. She really warms to animals. She also loves the beach, swimming, music and having fun, like any other teenager her age. Everyday taken-for-granted activities like these are quite difficult to accomplish, when much of her life is taken up with just mundane routine. Having a close, loyal companion to support her through the challenges of everyday life would certainly make her life so much more enjoyable, interesting and fulfilling.
This organisation is a non for-profit organisation and we feel well and truly honoured to have been chosen. The training for the pup can take 12-18 months but it is intense, and these dogs are just incredible.
Your donation no matter how small would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your donation! All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Thank you for your suppawt.
With much gratitude for your donations…..Janine and Zenko (Kalila’s parents)