Friends, Family, and Folks I may never have had the pleasure of smelling yet,
It me Pugsley,
I am sending this letter because Heather needs your help. 13 short years ago I met a energetic college student who rescued me, from the backyard of a home in Botetourt Virginia. Over these years I have seen her health deteriorate. We now spend many hours a day cuddling as she deals with pain and fatigue from something humans call EDS ( Ehlers Danlos Syndrome) She has a hard time going up and down stairs, getting up in the morning and doing everyday things that all the other humans take for granted.
At 16 I have embraced my role as a retired, spoiled pug. I wish I could help my Heather however my “old man” ( as they call me) body does not allow me to help her in the way she needs .My Heather has had 3 brain surgeries, a spinal cord surgery and 4 other surgeries to fix her body from this terrible EDS.
If you know Heather you know she is a fighter. Heather has discovered and told me about a program in Connecticut that has these big, slobbery lab and golden dogs that are specifically trained to help her with everything she needs! They can pick up her keys, help her upstairs, make her take her medicine and brace her if her blood pressure drops I hope this dog is trained to chase away surgeries too.
If you help Heather you are also helping Jack. Six years ago my Heather brought home a very loud small human, she calls Jack. It was my job to listen to him and when cried I barked until Heather came. He’s much bigger now, doesn’t cry much but, still makes loud noises. Now he wants to run around the yard. My old legs just aren’t up to that anymore, so it sure would be nice if the ECAD dog could chase him a bit.
Please help Heather (and me) get one of these marvelous Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities by donating to ECAD online https://connect.clickandpledge.com/Organization/ecad1/fundraiser/ HeatherBring or send a check to ECAD at PO Box 831 Torrington CT 06790 and in the Memo line make sure to mention Heather Bring
For more info check out www.ecad1.org or contact Heather @ email@example.com
Pugsley “Old Man” Pug
What is Ehlers Danlos? Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, often referred to as “EDS” is a collection of heritable connective tissue disorders. Either directly or indirectly, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is known or thought to alter the biology of collagen in the body (the most abundant protein), which can lead to multi-systemic symptoms. Heather currently is dealing with the following Co-Morbidities that also come with EDS: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia, Gastroparisis, Gastritis, Chronic Pain, Intracranial Hypertension, Chiari Malformation, Autonaumic dysfunction, Tethered Spinal Cord, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, Dysphagia and early onset of Arthritis.
East Coast Service Dogs : Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities.
ECAD’s mission is to educate and place Assistance Dogs to help people with disabilities gain independence and mobility.
ECAD was founded in 1995 and received 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in 1997. ECAD dogs are taught to retrieve items, open doors, activate light switches, pull wheelchairs, balance, brace, and perform many other highly specialized tasks through the ECADemy(c) Program. ECAD, tailors each dog's skills to the needs of its clients, who have a variety of limitations in strength, balance, coordination, or mobility.