09 Mar Smart Pup for Xavier (55214)
Hi! My name is Xavier and I am 7 years old. I have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, depression and severe anxiety.
My disabilities affect every part of my life, and I find it so hard to cope with so many things. My anxiety is what affects me the most in life – it is extreme. I worry about everything! I worry about getting things wrong or making mistakes. I worry about my family, my teachers or my peers not caring about me. I worry about things changing unexpectedly and not knowing what to do and what is expected of me. I worry about getting out in games and being treated unfairly. I worry ALL the time. It is really hard for me to leave my home and do activities that other kids my age enjoy. I am unable to participate in anything without constant support from my parents or a 1:1 assistant. And even then, I am so anxious that I usually have many meltdowns and often don’t enjoy myself. Activities like going to friends’ birthday parties, going to the zoo, going to Nippers or doing Auskick are often impossible for me. School is so hard for me too – I have many times where I just cannot cope, and times where I haven’t been able to attend. All of this makes my life really hard. So hard that sometimes I have told my parents that I don’t want to live anymore. But really, I just want to be happy, and be like everybody else!
I love animals. Animals are really calming for me and I feel safe in their company. I love all animals – worms and bugs, reptiles, birds, sea creatures, dogs, cats and horses. I am really excited about having an assistance dog. Having a dog will help me to be more confident, to be able to calm down more quickly when I’m anxious or upset, and help me to access the community more often and to be safe. It will help me to join in activities that other kids my age do – and help me to enjoy them and enjoy my life.
I need your help! Any donation you can give will help me to get my assistance dog – and this will change my life! Thank you for your kindness.
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Elizabeth AtkinPosted at 11:55h, 09 March
Good luck on achieving your dreams Xavier. Love GiGi
MeraePosted at 13:22h, 15 March
Thank you for your donation which will change Xavier’s life. Love you.
Kate StannardPosted at 15:29h, 09 March
My brother has special needs – not at all the same as your beautiful son – but I know a difference it makes to have the right supports in place. Good luck raising the money and I hope this service becomes funded in the future so others can benefit from a support dog.
MeraePosted at 13:15h, 15 March
Thank you so much. This will change Xavier’s life!
RACHAEL LOVELOCKPosted at 17:10h, 09 March
I remember how hard and worrying these days were….hoping this makes a difference for Xavier and the entire family.
MeraePosted at 13:16h, 15 March
Travis StewartPosted at 18:59h, 09 March
Wishing you guy’s all the best Chrisso,Xavier is very lucky he has a loving and supportive family ❤️👍
Tom HannanPosted at 20:22h, 09 March
A great idea for a super smart kid who loves animals!
Jo BruitzmanPosted at 21:30h, 09 March
Every child deserves to be happy and if a dog can give this to Xavier I feel honored to help ❤️
MeraePosted at 13:16h, 15 March
Thank you Jo!
Heather JenningsPosted at 20:26h, 11 March
Hi Xavier! I have a Smart Pup named Koopa. Your mum worked with me when I was first diagnosed with Autism. Then she went to school with me! She made such a huge difference to my life because she believed in me, just like we believe in you. I am so excited you are getting a smart pup as well.
Love from Kate and Koopa xx (oh and mum!)
MeraePosted at 13:18h, 15 March
Thank you Kate, Koopa and Heather! Love you! Xavier is so excited and we believe it will change his life for the better!
Dave RittingerPosted at 22:10h, 11 March
Have forwarded to a number of others guys. Good luck. I hope you get there quickly. The Rittingers
Lara O'KeeffePosted at 17:19h, 12 March
Can’t comprehend the pain and worry you are both in over Xavier, happy to help xxx
Tom LeijenPosted at 08:48h, 13 March
Can’t beat the companionship of a dog. Good luck mate!
MeraePosted at 13:19h, 15 March
Thank you for donating. We appreciate all the support.
Michelle ShafranPosted at 11:06h, 13 March
Best wishes xx
Anne AllanPosted at 11:10h, 13 March
Good luck Xavier
MeraePosted at 13:18h, 15 March
Thank you so much. We appreciate all the support!
Aleisha AtkinPosted at 05:53h, 14 March
Can’t wait to meet your little pup Xavier. Love you xx
MeraePosted at 13:21h, 15 March
Thank you so much to our New Zealand family! Love you all!!! The pup will love to meet you all too!
Peter AtkinPosted at 10:49h, 14 March
Getting closer for my beautiful grandchild.
ChrisPosted at 14:15h, 14 March
Thankyou everyone for the donations and kind messages. We appreciate it so much!
Matthew RasmussenPosted at 16:38h, 15 March
Good luck Xav!
Kylie MartinezPosted at 17:37h, 21 March
Wishing Xavier all the best for his future.
Carlin KohnPosted at 18:49h, 21 March
All the best mate 👍
Katie HowellPosted at 18:52h, 21 March
I hope your boy thrives once he gets his dog 🙂
Erin O’ConnorPosted at 18:54h, 21 March
These dogs can be an amazing support and help. Good luck with your journey Xavier.
Penny WearnePosted at 19:44h, 21 March
Karen Dennison-RogersPosted at 01:48h, 22 March
Excited for you & hope this helps
Suzanne SparrowPosted at 05:39h, 22 March
Sending much love, light and positivity for your son and his new best friend xx
Robyne WoodPosted at 06:42h, 22 March
Wishing your son all the best. Xx
Ruth FawcettPosted at 11:44h, 22 March
I myself have a psychiatric service dog through MINDDOG Australia and it’s been life changing. Good luck!
Shantelle WatermanPosted at 14:08h, 22 March
Sending lots of luck in fundraising for Xavier’s Smartpup! Dogs are amazing and I’m sure will help him along the way!
Lena ToppPosted at 14:08h, 22 March
Pupwards and onwards, all the best!
Cassie DowsettPosted at 19:04h, 22 March
All the love to your precious boy. X
Stephanie LyPosted at 21:38h, 22 March
Hope you reach your goal! Xx
Katie VallancePosted at 14:56h, 23 March
Kelly StevensPosted at 21:32h, 23 March
Hi Marae, Jai used to play with Xavier at daycare, I’m so sorry to hear Xav’s suffering & hope this helps him mend and ignite his beautiful spark again! Love Kelly & Jai
Deb MartonPosted at 22:37h, 23 March
Best of luck with your new puppy
Bianca ApplefordPosted at 13:17h, 25 March
Love this! Hope you meet your fundraising goal xo
Bob HollandPosted at 13:59h, 25 March
Merae made a difference to Lachlan’s life and we hope this makes a difference to Xavier’s.
Lisa AndraczkePosted at 11:30h, 27 March
This will be life changing for not only Xavier but is whole familiy.
Paula DaunceyPosted at 19:22h, 29 March
All the best Xavier.
Marina KilgourPosted at 19:10h, 02 April
Wishing you all the very best for the future. 🥰
Rebecca WickhamPosted at 22:55h, 02 April
We love you xav just the way you are!
Lynette CataldoPosted at 06:54h, 03 April
Wishing you the best of luck Xav gets his doggo as quickly as possible 😘😘😘
Lynette CataldoPosted at 06:58h, 03 April
Wishing Xavier the best of luck he gets his doggo as quickly as possible 😘😘😘
Donna DavidsonPosted at 11:36h, 03 April
We love you Xavier 🙂
Jayne MarstonPosted at 06:58h, 05 April
You’re puppy will be great company and make you feel better. From Lewis
Gabriela PawlowskiPosted at 17:15h, 06 April
All the best Xavier
Sharon DuikerPosted at 22:26h, 09 April
You are so awesome Xavier! You have awesome parents too! Really looking forward to seeing you with your new smartpup!! Lots of love from the Duiker family ❤️
Yvonne McKayPosted at 17:11h, 11 April
Hope this helps xxx
mardi crockerPosted at 15:38h, 21 May
We can’t make it to your trivia night, but we did want to help you get that beautiful puppy. Best wishes Dave and Mardi.xx
Julie BosdrieszPosted at 18:36h, 29 May
Had a fabulous time @ the Trivia night. Amazing work by all the organisers. Xavier has a wonderful support network around him. Good luck. Julie on Table 8
Julie BosdrieszPosted at 18:42h, 29 May
Had a fabulous time @ the Trivia night. Amazing work by the organisers. Xavier has a wonderful support network around him. Good luck. Julie on Table 8
Borg CynthiaPosted at 12:51h, 02 June
Wishing you all the best Xavier with your fund raising. Hopefully you’ll get your dog very soon.
Borg CynthiaPosted at 15:21h, 02 June
Wishing you all the best with your fund raising Xavier
Merae AtkinPosted at 19:37h, 17 June
Bunnings sausage sizzle fundraising
Sarah McLoughlinPosted at 16:37h, 15 July
Thinking of you all at this time. So sorry it’s so late. Thinking of you all. All my love Sarah McLoughlin (Sarah Law)
Merae AtkinPosted at 14:42h, 09 August
Lions club of Casey Donation
Merae AtkinPosted at 08:19h, 23 August
Tooradin lions club donation.
Jacky McHughPosted at 07:14h, 20 October
For Xavier my nephew.