Smart Pup for Steph

Smart Pup for Steph

With Steph there’s usually more questions than answers. It can be a little difficult with doctors disagreeing with each other, and a constellation of unexplained symptoms. Steph is under investigation for rare disease, neuromuscular conditions and seizure disorders. She has a lot of complex unexplained issues. So for now, Steph is a ‘SWAN’ or ‘diagnostic odyssey’.

108.15% Raised
$21,630.00 donated of $20,000.00 goal
55 Donors

Steph has been diagnosed with Autism, sensory processing disorder and hypotonia. She has difficulties with mobility, keeping steady and weakness. She fatigues easily and has a range of other complex medical issues. She experiences severe pain episodes and is often unwell.

Steph bravely faces many battles and misses out on a lot due to her conditions. She has a huge amount of appointments, both medical and intensive therapy, last month, 28 appointments altogether.

In between appointments Steph loves to get out in the community and have adventures. She loves music class, visiting the local theme parks and animal attractions as well as going to as many children’s concerts as possible, her favorites are The Wiggles and Hoot.

As much as Steph loves these adventures, she can often find it all very overwhelming. During shopping and every day life she experiences sensory overload, struggles to cope, becomes extremely distressed, and needs to leave early. So sadly she misses out on a lot. Without safety awareness, it can often be difficult for her mum to manage. When Steph becomes very distressed, it may also trigger a seizure episode. Even something like a loud motorbike riding past, can ruin an outing for her.

A Smart Pup would help keep Steph calm and safe in the community and at home. Could alert her mum to seizures, act as an anchor during meltdowns to help keep her safe and help her cope with hospital visits and every day life.

Steph just has her mum, a single parent and her full time carer, unable to go back to work yet due to Stephs high care needs.

This little family really needs a hand to raise the funds for this life changing assistance dog. All donations are gratefully received and can be made directly to Smart Pups.

Your donation will be greatly appreciated no matter how big or small. This organisation is a non for-profit organisation. The training for the pup can take 12-18 months but it is intense, and these dogs are just incredible.

Thank you for your donation! All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

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.

  • Peter Szorcsoki
    Posted at 15:26h, 15 July Reply

    My grand daughter Stephie makes me smile everytime i see her, so this is to help her smile too.

  • Michelle Szorcsoki
    Posted at 15:31h, 15 July Reply

    Hoping your Smart Pup, brings you as much joy as you give me Stephie. X

  • Tash Pattinson
    Posted at 15:36h, 15 July Reply

    Got your back woman

  • Michael Woldhuis
    Posted at 17:14h, 15 July Reply

    Best wishes to your beautiful granddaughter Michelle, Rosemary and Michael xx

  • Linda Sung
    Posted at 20:11h, 15 July Reply

    Thinking and praying for you both 🙏 love Steph’s beaming smile

  • Pippa Bonson
    Posted at 05:35h, 16 July Reply

    All the very best Steph xxxxx

  • Moira Wilson
    Posted at 06:15h, 16 July Reply

    Give your pup a few pats from me 🐶💚

  • Ted Grant
    Posted at 07:42h, 16 July Reply

    Kia kaha Steph!

  • William Fielding
    Posted at 08:27h, 16 July Reply

    Renegades Fantasy Sports NRL
    All the best Steph

  • Robert Christiansen
    Posted at 09:43h, 16 July Reply

    All the best, Steph

  • Matt Anthony
    Posted at 09:55h, 16 July Reply

    Good luck and God bless – from a member of Renegades

  • Adam Broadbent
    Posted at 19:15h, 16 July Reply

    Im sure your new dog will give you years of fun and comfort Steph.

  • Michael & Helen Craven
    Posted at 19:10h, 18 July Reply

    Good luck with raising the funds to get Steph a Smartpup. I’m sure the pup will be a huge benefit to her.

  • John Harris
    Posted at 12:57h, 19 July Reply

    Small donation but hoping it helps to achieve the Goal – and importantly helps Steph and her family

  • Brenden Hoffmann
    Posted at 17:29h, 19 July Reply

    Steph you are a little cutie. Hope you get your pup soon

  • Wendy Millis
    Posted at 17:30h, 19 July Reply


  • Belinda Aquilina
    Posted at 13:22h, 20 July Reply

    I hope your beautiful little daughter / grand daughter gets this much needed and deserved help. ❤️❤️

  • Belinda Aquilina
    Posted at 13:27h, 20 July Reply

    I hope you raise enough funds for Steph to get the help she needs ❤️

  • Sandra MILLIS
    Posted at 09:25h, 23 July Reply


  • Pam Taylor
    Posted at 15:54h, 26 July Reply

    Hope your new puppy brings lots of joy.

  • Julie De courcey/helm
    Posted at 10:29h, 31 July Reply

    Thinking of little steph, hoping she can get her smart pup soon michelle, ❤️ Julie

  • Chris Van velzen
    Posted at 19:20h, 02 August Reply

    Steph, I hope your smart pup comes to fruition and it brings much happiness to your life!

  • Drs Kevin & Fiona Cruickshank
    Posted at 00:51h, 09 August Reply

    Wishing you Steph, your Mum and your Nanna many happy years with your new pup. Best Wishes from all the team at Gold Coast Vet Surgery

  • Paul Colvin
    Posted at 14:31h, 22 August Reply

    Thanks to the team at Roll the Dice for sharing Steph’s story

  • Karen Hossary
    Posted at 16:23h, 30 August Reply

    Love and hugs xx

  • Michelle Callaghan
    Posted at 20:40h, 06 September Reply

    Hop[e the campaign reaches it’s goal for this gorgeous girls sake <3

  • Brenda McElvogue
    Posted at 09:38h, 13 September Reply

    Heard Steph’s story and wanted to help her get a smart pup.

  • Nadia Angelo
    Posted at 19:23h, 13 September Reply

    I’m very glad to be able to make a small contribution for such an important need. I’m sure your Smart Pup will love you very much!

  • Brenden Hoffmann
    Posted at 17:44h, 16 September Reply

    Hope you get that pup soon and it helps to keep you happy.

  • Brenda Gilbert
    Posted at 12:48h, 20 September Reply

    I wish you all the best for your sweet little girl.

  • Kelli Hancock
    Posted at 21:49h, 24 September Reply

    Love from Georgia xo

  • Oliver Field
    Posted at 19:13h, 25 September Reply

    Keep smiling Steph! You are such a special girl. I look forward to seeing pics with your Pup 🙂

  • Rebecca Lock
    Posted at 15:16h, 07 October Reply

    Every bit helps 😍

  • Anthony Renkin
    Posted at 11:42h, 15 October Reply

    Good Luck Steph, I hope your new dog brings back that cheeky grin and brings a big smile to your family.
    Kind Regards

  • Phillip Hearne
    Posted at 10:48h, 16 October Reply

    Very much needed for a wonderful childs future.

  • Marian Boyle
    Posted at 07:01h, 02 December Reply

    Our small Club raised money for Steph’s Smart Pup, it is such a wonderful thing to do for a very cute girl.

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