Smart Pup for Kalila

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.

37.82% Raised
$7,563.00 donated of $20,000.00 goal
41 Donors

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)

Smart Pups Team

Every donation adds up to make a big difference! Your ongoing support goes towards training each Assistance Dog for a child with special needs. You are part of an incredible community of loyal supporters, who together help to make great things possible from what are often small beginnings. Thank you for your donation! All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Thank you for your suppawt.

  • Carmen Burnett
    Posted at 13:33h, 26 February Reply

    Wishing you the best life possible. 💕

    • Janine Vukelic
      Posted at 13:54h, 27 February Reply

      Hi Carmen. thanks so much for your very kind donation. We are very excited about raising the funds to get Kalila one of these very special dogs.

  • Sydney Constable
    Posted at 21:30h, 02 March Reply

    Hope you get what you need K xoxo

    • Janine Vukelic
      Posted at 10:28h, 04 March Reply

      Thank so much Sydney. That’s very kind of you to donate.

  • Sarah McGill
    Posted at 14:01h, 03 March Reply


    • Janine Vukelic
      Posted at 10:29h, 04 March Reply

      Oh you’re a wonderful cousin. Thanks Sarah. Love you heaps.

  • Karen Handford
    Posted at 16:00h, 03 March Reply

    Oh Kalila would love one of these Smart Pups 🙂 Not to mention how beneficial one would be towards her needs and helpful for you and Zenco too!

    • Janine Vukelic
      Posted at 10:31h, 04 March Reply

      Thank you so much Karen and Craig. It really means a lot that you have donated.

  • Laurel Cohen
    Posted at 16:22h, 04 March Reply

    Hope this helps xx

    • Janine Vukelic
      Posted at 13:40h, 05 March Reply

      Thanks very much Laurel. Every little bit helps…much appreciated!

  • Lorraine Campby
    Posted at 08:10h, 06 March Reply

    Thank you for the support & encouragement you have given me Janine. All the best to you & your family especially Kalila

    • Janine Vukelic
      Posted at 12:10h, 07 March Reply

      Hi Lorraine. thanks so much for your donation. It will be a long haul, but we will raise the $ to get this beautiful dog for Kalila.

  • Caitlin Handford
    Posted at 19:18h, 06 March Reply

    Wishing you guys the best of luck! ❤️ I know how much this would benefit Not only Kalila but her family too.

    • Janine Vukelic
      Posted at 12:12h, 07 March Reply

      Hi Caitlin. That is so nice of you to donate to Kalila’s dog. Every dollar helps us to reach that goal. I think Kalila really misses her time with the horses and you guys. We really must visit you all again.

  • Mathew McGill
    Posted at 22:46h, 07 March Reply

    Love to you all … xxx

    • Janine Vukelic
      Posted at 18:43h, 09 March Reply

      Hey Mathew and Doris, thank you so much for giving towards Kalila’s campaign. We are very excited for her, and realise it will be a long process, but it will have so many benefits for her. ❤️

  • Barbara Leo
    Posted at 19:32h, 11 March Reply

    I wish you an easy time to get fundraise for the puppy. I am sure you are amazing parents and you deserve every help that makes it a bit easier for you to car for you daughter.

    • Janine Vukelic
      Posted at 16:14h, 14 March Reply

      Barbara….thank you so much for your very generous donation. Life will be a lot easier knowing when to expect seizures and having the mobility support of an assistance dog, giving Kalila a little independence, and a good friend to keep her company.

  • Bill Baxter
    Posted at 10:03h, 15 March Reply

    We would like to assist Ka
    alila Vukelic in acquiring her Smart Pup.

    • Janine (Kalila) Vukelic
      Posted at 13:09h, 18 March Reply

      Hey Bill and Fay. Thanks so much for your contribution. We really appreciate your efforts just to go online and donate. It’s all gradually going to come together for her. Thanks again!

  • Joanne Sandona
    Posted at 15:15h, 16 March Reply

    Wishing you every blessing Kalila 💕

    • Janine (Kalila) Vukelic
      Posted at 13:10h, 18 March Reply

      Thank you very much Joanne for your generous donation.

  • Janine Vukelic
    Posted at 16:24h, 21 March Reply

    Thank you again to everyone who has been donating to Kalila’s campaign. Please leave a comment when you donate so we can thank you personally. Once a month SMART PUPS will tell us who donated, but until then we won’t know, unless you tell us.
    We appreciate your generosity so much, and are very excited about receiving Kalila’s precious dog. Thanks again!!!

  • Sandra Summerville
    Posted at 09:43h, 29 March Reply

    I’m happy to be able to donate towards helping beautiful Kalila Rose receive an assistance puppy/dog to help her with her daily tasks, and companion her throughout her daily struggles with life .

    • Janine Vukelic
      Posted at 19:27h, 30 March Reply

      Thanks Sandra you’re a gem.

  • Nicole Macdonald
    Posted at 19:59h, 02 April Reply

    Best of luck with the campaign.

    • Janine Vukelic
      Posted at 07:44h, 08 April Reply

      Thanks so much Nicole, your donation is really appreciated.

  • Leanne Morgan
    Posted at 17:54h, 04 April Reply

    Dream big! I’m sure Kalila’s pup won’t be too far away.
    Wishing you all the best with achieving your goal.

    • Janine Vukelic
      Posted at 07:46h, 08 April Reply

      Thanks Leanne. It’s slowly coming together. We really appreciate your support.

  • Megan Tucker
    Posted at 18:19h, 26 April Reply

    Wishing Kalila and her family all the very best.

    • Janine Vukelic
      Posted at 12:32h, 30 April Reply

      Thank you very much for your support Megan. We really appreciate your help.

    Posted at 15:26h, 01 May Reply

    I’d like to support the purchase of this equipment for Kalila.

    • Janine Vukelic
      Posted at 14:14h, 04 May Reply

      Thanks for you support Diana, we really appreciate it.

  • Cheryl Parnell
    Posted at 20:12h, 02 May Reply

    Touched my heart

    • Janine Vukelic
      Posted at 14:16h, 04 May Reply

      Hi Cheryl. Thank you very much for your donation, gradually getting closer to our target. Hope you’re doing well!

  • Chris & Judi Eddy
    Posted at 14:49h, 06 May Reply

    For Kalila Vukelic and her journey

    • Janine Vukelic
      Posted at 19:32h, 17 May Reply

      Thanks so much Chris and Judy, your support is so appreciated.

  • James Barclay Ph. 0427 961 391
    Posted at 12:52h, 19 May Reply


    Kingaroy Observatory is holding their inaugural Dinner Under the Stars for 48 guests at the Obs. on June 29,

    .During this time we’ll be running a raffle at $5 a ticket to help raise funds for your daughter to get a Smart Pup.

    1st prize is a Bohemia crystal decanter and bottle of Scotch and 2nd prize will be six crystal wine glasses and their choice of a bottle of wine from Kingsley Grove Estate, who will be on site serving wine, beer and spirits.

    We have put this notice on our FaceBook page too

    • Janine Vukelic
      Posted at 19:03h, 21 May Reply

      James this is so good of you…we had no idea you were doing this. Your support is so appreciated…thankyou

      • James Barcl;ay
        Posted at 12:02h, 30 June Reply

        Janine, we held our Dinner Under the Stars at the Kingaroy Observatory last night and raised $445 for Kalila’s cause. We will deposit the funds tomorrow,,Monday ,July 1. Cheers, James Barclay, Obs Director..

        • Janine Vukelic
          Posted at 14:07h, 08 July Reply

          Wow this is great…thank you so much James, and please thank the members for us as well please. We are only $1600 off our target now. You have been very supportive and generous.

  • Julia Byrne
    Posted at 08:13h, 31 May Reply

    This little one needs our community support so I hope my small donation can be of assistance

    • Janine Vukelic
      Posted at 18:01h, 01 June Reply

      Thank you very much Julia, every dollar helps us get closer to the target….much appreciated!

  • Russell Macarthur
    Posted at 16:38h, 26 June Reply

    Russell Macarthur Taekwondo and Hapkido is very pleased to assist with the fundraising effort which was started by our Kingaroy club Instructor Mrs Helen Schmidt and has now extended across the club network. We will be planning more activities . We are thinking of you Kalila and wish you the best

    • Janine Vukelic
      Posted at 14:11h, 08 July Reply

      Many thanks to Russell Macarthur Taekwondo and all the club members for so generously supporting Kalila’s campaign. We are only $1600 off our target now. This would not have happened without your assistance.

  • Janine Vukelic
    Posted at 10:07h, 27 June Reply

    We are approaching our target. The total at the top isn’t an accurate representation of our total, we are actually up to $16,000….only $4,000 to go.
    Thank you all sooo much for your support and contributions. This is something that can only be achieved with the support of other caring and generous people. All donations have been acknowledged and very gratefully received. Love to you all.

  • James Pruss
    Posted at 13:49h, 08 July Reply

    i have just set up a foundation to help people in the bush, mental health, bush care and healthy water. i run it out of my consultancy business. I am also a martial arts instructor in a club where this young ladies family are training. my family are dog lovers and great to see dogs and young children grow up together.

    • Janine Vukelic
      Posted at 14:05h, 11 July Reply

      Thanks James. Your support is so much appreciated. Thanks to your club we’re almost there.

  • Janine Vukelic
    Posted at 14:13h, 08 July Reply

    ONLY $1600 TO GO….YAY, NEARLY THERE! Thank you all for your support!!!

  • Diego Aljure
    Posted at 15:32h, 15 December Reply

    Merry Christmas

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