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April 1 2020 Update: While everyone is social distancing, Max is starting another month of training(another $3300). This time he is training on more advanced behaviors and seizure response. We hope he learns very fast and will not need more than 3 months (It is estimated 3 to 5 months at this stage). His biggest distractions are the desire to bark at squirrels and belly rubs but he’s supposed to become more disciplined with training and mature as he approaches the 2 year old mark. The trainers are very professional and showcase some of their work on Facebook. You may see Max from time to time.
Here he is learning to detect a seizure through smell:
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=530806327584630
                                           
Update: Max started  phase 2 service dog training on Jan 26. This training covers obedience and scent detection.
 Max is a one year old Golden Doodle who needs Specialized Intensive Epileptic Alert & Response Service Dog Training.  
  Having this service dog would allow my 22 year old daughter Rebecca to have some type of safety and independence.  She suffers from Refractory Epileptic Seizures with both Focal & Generalized type seizures that  happen without warning.  Imagine being a young adult needing to have someone with you  24-7…no baths for fear of drowning, no driving, avoiding ALL types of flickering light , not finishing high school with your peers or being able to attend college.  What is day to day for most people is a life or death struggle for Rebecca but service dogs have been shown to help.
 
  We are asking for help to send Max to Service Dog School at Comprehensive Pet Training,inc( www.cpt-training.com) in Atlanta.  The latest cost estimate is $14,400 as of Jan 2019. This includes his Epilepsy response and support training,4 months boarding, food, vet care, socialization, and graduation.  No donation is too small and Givetaxfree.org  will issue a receipt for tax purposes .
 
 How to Donate by Mail:   To donate by mail, send donations made to Ayres UMC at the address below. Make sure to write “Rebecca Service Dog” in the memo section of the check and you will also get a receipt by mail for tax purposes. 

Ayres Memorial UMC
2771 West Point Road 
Lagrange, Ga. 30240
 
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With love and hope,
Rebecca’s Family  
 Update: Rebecca turned 22 in July and Max turned 1 on Oct 31. They are currently working to pass the obedience test before placing Max in board training. This saves the cost of having the professional trainer teach him everything and allows Becca to learn training skills.  You will never know how much it means each time someone donates.
 
   
 

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