Our girls love dogs. What kid doesn't? Really, what person doesn't? I've always thought you cannot trust a person that does not like dogs. It's strange isn't it? To not like an animal so loving and loyal. Did I just alienate all dog-haters from my blog. SEE-YA! Anyway, our Kate has a special bond with dogs and most recently I think I figured out why. I have a lot of experience working with children with autism. The one thing they seem to all have in common is a sincerity that you will not see in NTs. (remember that means neurotypical) Kate has this sincerity and it is the most authentic part of her personality. She loves without conditions or demands or insecurities. She is a little happy, sweet, loving, sincere girl. When you meet her; this is obvious. She doesn't know how to fake it, hide a feeling, or pretend she is something that she is not. I think she loves dogs because they too are truly sincere. And the dogs; they love her back. When I began researching possible therapies for Kate last summer I came across a website that helps pair autism service dogs with children that could benefit from this service. There is a lengthy application process, followed by a home interview, travel to Ontario to be trained on how to work with a service dog and an eighteen month waiting list. We thought this was perfect for Kate so we began the application process. We are currently waiting for our home interview. The dog is provided at no cost to us if we are approved. However, we are encouraged to fundraise if we can. Of course, we will, and we'll have a great time doing it. Alex is already talking about a charity regatta down at the yacht club with a silent auction and a band. Big sister Grace, the most amazing big sister in the world, would like to auction off some of her artwork. What do you think? Starting bid anyone? Kidding. That is getting a little ahead of ourselves. Let's see if we can get Kate approved first. Good Night and GOTEAMKATE.
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Grace and Kate's mom. (Shanell)