07 Apr Smart Pup for Heather (2831978)
My name’s Heather I’m a 43 mother of a now 16 year old daughter and I have Temporal Lobe Epilepsy … I also live with PTSD depression anxiety and PNES …
Eleven years ago I was given a very special gift ..that gift changed mine and my young daughters life at the time she was just seven years old. The gift came in the form of a young black lab and his magical red coat. In September 2011 I was handed the leash of my first assistance dog , his name was Kruiser he was one of the first Smart Pups.
Kruiser was trained as a seizure assistance dog but over the years he became so much more .. Kruiser became my life line. In the 11years he was with me, he saved my life more than once and also gave me a life allowing both my self and my daughter to live life the way we wished. However Life changed dramatically on the 18th of February 2021 after having him by my side for eleven years. My daughter, my partner and I had to say good bye after short battle with cancer – my boy passed away peacefully.
I called Kruiser my magician…because every where we went and every thing we did with him by my side was magic as every person we met Kruiser left a little of himself … he saved my life countless times with the training Patrica and her team gave him …. but most of all kruiser showed me that bravery is something you are not something you need to find …. my boy … my magician taught me how to be brave …
In the in light of kruiser death I was faced with a very difficult choice , do I apply for another dog or not. but after having a seizure in public and not getting a warning for the first time in 11years that decision was made for me …. so now I once again i find myself in the process of fundraising for not a replacement for my kruiser … but his predecessor or as we like to call them ” Kruiser 2.0 The Next generation ” ….
My hope is that the new dog that will smart pups provides me will help me to continue to live the life the way my kruiser taught me and be the person I wish a to be … I miss my boy life with out him the last month or so has been very very tough I’m hoping that the funds need for smart pups to train is predecessor can be raised quickly so that life move forward…Any donation towards “Kruiser 2.0 The next generation ” will be most appreciated….
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Jessica SeagePosted at 07:13h, 15 April
Hoping you can get to your goal quickly and get back to that feeling if saftey and support a smart pup gives you. <3
Heather BurdettePosted at 15:32h, 15 April
Thank you I hope so too..
It been very tough with out Kruiser…but I’m hanging in there …
Chelsea PuglisiPosted at 14:20h, 15 April
A little thank you for the help you have both given me ❤
Chelsea PuglisiPosted at 14:49h, 15 April
A little thank you for the help I’ve received off you both, ❤ from Chelsea!
Heather BurdettePosted at 22:24h, 19 April
Thank you …. for thinking of us … hugs
Vivian BernardiPosted at 22:06h, 20 April
Because you deserve a new dog <3 lots of love Vivian
Heather BurdettePosted at 18:55h, 21 April
Thank you …
Kate FisherPosted at 13:03h, 23 April
Sending love from Marleigh and her Smartpup Paddy ❤️
Pip JacobsonPosted at 10:02h, 26 April
I too, can’t wait for you to have your next wonderful SmartPup – your story spilled such love & trust in Kruiser…just around the corner hopefully, your next SP xxoo
Heather BurdettePosted at 13:25h, 26 April
kruiser ment the world to me and my family and is deeply missed…. his passing h has left a larger void in out family and deep hole in my hart ….my next pup I’m sure will be just as awsome as he was … with as much love in those big brown eyes as he did … you donation has made a difference an I thank you ….
Bernadette McGoldrickPosted at 09:52h, 30 May
I read a little about your story in a letter in the local paper. Wishing you all the best.