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Updatery

So check this out. Gabriel, the service dog I posted about before who helps his veteran Jake, is going home! He’s not out of the woods entirely but he’s well enough to maintain outpatient care at his family’s home in Texas. This is a huge step for this sweet dog!

Get out the tissues and read more of their story here.

Also! Our friends in Missouri, headed by J’s buddy Ximena (and my buddy too!) raised $650 for 4 Paws for Ability!! This is awesome! Thank you to everyone who ran and for honoring my son and this amazing organization that does so much for children and veterans.

J’s health is still one fat question mark. He’s well, but no one can decide if he actually has/had pneumonia or not. There’s definitely evidence of inflammed bronchia and his energy is off alongside his behavior but there’s nothing that definitively screams “infection”. Meanwhile, the heat is kicking his wee bottom. He napped for 4 hours today, mid day, but was still ready for bedtime at close to a normal hour. I keep him in cool places as much as possible but it’s tough stuff.

That’s all the current news that’s fit to print. Never a dull moment!

A Dog Named Elmo

There’s a member of the 4 Paws for Ability family who could use our help. If you could donate, or share this story, I would dearly appreciate it.

http://www.gofundme.com/4vzmmk

This link will take you to a donation page for the family of Lyssa and Elmo. Elmo is a service dog trained by 4 Paws for Ability to work for his girl, Lyssa, as a seizure alert dog. This is an important part of young Lyssa’s life, but her beloved Elmo is now so sick he is being fed by a tube 4 times a day and is in the animal hospital tonight due to vomitting blood. The bond between dog and child is rare and precious, something these two have enjoyed and it is now threatened. The need for Lyssa to have a seizure alert dog is so great that 4 Paws has already placed she and her family in the June 2014 class to give her another dog to work where Elmo cannot.

Meanwhile, Elmo’s illness is desperate. Costs are mounting and, most heartbreakingly, Lyssa is without her dog and Elmo is without his girl.

They need our  help. Please share their story. Let’s get them donations to help with Elmo’s care and with getting Lyssa and her family to Ohio to receive another dog this June. These dogs become a part of their children, and we cannot leave a one of them behind.

Thank you all!

@RedSox Fundraising Auction and More

http://www.jbearandme.com/red-sox-and-thesaurus-tea-auctions/

If no more bids are received by first pitch we’re going to have to do some restrategizing because we have to raise some more money for these kids and families at 4 Paws!

First pitch is at 8:07pm EST, 17 minutes from now!

Place a bid if you’re interested!

A Blessed Event!

We are excited to announce that on October 27, 2014 we will be welcoming a blessed new arrival to our family!

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actual dog may vary

Just a few minutes ago I got confirmation that we are finished with our fundraising! We will be a part of the October/November 2014 class at 4 Paws for Ability where my son will receive his autism service dog.

I am in shock. I am literally shaking. I cannot believe this. I likely won’t fully believe it until we have our arms around his dog!

But we did it. WE did it. This post would not have been possible without all of you who have donated, who have shared our story, who have cheered us on, who have been phenomenal in your support of not just myself but Jacob and 4 Paws for Ability. Because of you one little boy and not other children will have a life changing opportunity.

And just how are we helping other children?

The auctions are still going. They end 10/30/2013 at 8pm EST. Yes, J is done with earning his dog but other children are far from. The donations from the auctions will be donated in J’s name to be shared with other children whose families are still working hard. You, auction winners, could be the donation that helps another child finish their fundraising journey! These items are promised to help the 4 Paws mission and we’re going to honor that entirely!

Where do we go from here?

Over the next year, we must save/raise around $3500 for travel expenses to bring J to his dog. I’ll post more details later but the training we go through is about 2 weeks total including travel and takes place in Xenia, OH. This is no small undertaking but we have a year to plan it all out. We must also complete a video about day to day life with J to help them get him the best match possible, so if anyone has tips on how to make the video please let me know!

Again, everyone, thank you. The words sound empty and hollow for what everyone has done but I will say them again and again. Thank you, thank you, thank  you.

Auction 2: Large Gift Basket from Thesaurus Tea!

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The finest teas are enjoyed by the most discriminating of prehistoric connoiseurs and Thesaurus Tea caters to their elegant tastes! The winner of this auction will receive a gift basket from Thesaurus Tea inclusive of: a selection of seven 50g bags of tea, a Perfect Cup of Tea spoon measure, a Tea Rex tea infuser and a tea ball! Your choices of teas are black, rooibos, herbal, house blend or green gift sets, or if you want to mix and match, that’s fine too!

To check out our friends at Thesaurus Tea please visit http://www.thesaurustea.com to see their fine selections and meet their distinguished dinos.

If you wish your donation to Team Jacobly to be tax deductible please contact me at mamabear@jbearandme.com to make arrangements for completing this transaction!

 

AUCTION RULES:

  • Comment to bid. Enter your name and email address of preference and comment with your bid. Please pay heed to comments entered before yours. All comments are timestamped, so in the event of a dispute I will side with the comment stamped first.
  • Bids are in increments of $5 and start at $35. Shipping is included in winning bid.
  • Upon close of the auction at 8pm EST on 10.30.2013 the winner will be notified and arrangements will be made for payment. Donations can be made by check, PayPal or FirstGiving to complete the transaction and item will not be mailed til the donation is verified.
  • If someone wishes to forgo bidding and purchase the autographed photo outright the price is $100. Please comment stating you wish to do this and contact me at mamabear@jbearandme.com.

Auction 1: Autographed Picture of John Lackey, Red Sox Pitcher!

John Lackey Autograph

Have you been enjoying how well the 2013 Red Sox have been doing?

We have, too!

And thanks to a generous donation by the Boston Red Sox, we have an autographed picture of John Lackey available to help raise funds for 4 Paws for Ability in Team Jacobly’s name! Due to the nature of this donation and auction the Red Sox do not provide certificates of authenticity. The photo will be mailed to the winner of the auction in the mailer it came to us in as well as protective packaging to prevent bending in shipping.

Help us finish our fundraising and bring Jacob one step closer to his much needed service dog!

AUCTION RULES:

  • Comment to bid. Enter your name and email address of preference and comment with your bid. Please pay heed to comments entered before yours. All comments are timestamped, so in the event of a dispute I will side with the comment stamped first.
  • Bids are in increments of $10 and start at $100. Seller will pay shipping to winner.
  • Upon close of the auction at 8pm EST on 10.30.2013 the winner will be notified and arrangements will be made for payment. Donations can be made by check, PayPal or FirstGiving to complete the transaction and item will not be mailed til the donation is verified.
  • If someone wishes to forgo bidding and purchase the autographed photo outright the price is $300. Please comment stating you wish to do this and contact me at mamabear@jbearandme.com.

 

Auction Reminder!

Our Auctions are still up! Tonight, John Lackey is pitching Game 2 of the World Series for our Boston Red Sox! Let’s cheer on the home team AND help Team Jacobly reach its fundraising goal!

http://www.jbearandme.com/auctions-for-team-jacobly/

Let’s not forget our fabulous tea auction as well! We’re so close people, a little over $500 from our $13,000 goal… Let’s finish this and get J his dog!

Auctions! @RedSox and @ThesaurusTea fans take note!

Good evening everyone!

We have TWO fantastic auctions to help finish our fundraising going on right now! You can find them here: http://www.jbearandme.com/Auctions-for-Team-Jacobly

Auction 1 is an autographed picture of Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, a part of Bearded Vengence as our Red Sox go from Worst to First and head to the World Series!

Auction 2 is a gift basket from Thesaurus Tea! Our friends from Montreal have generously donated a basket of tea to the winner of this auction. You can even mix and match your preferred teas from their varied and wonderful selections. That, and who doesn’t like dinosaurs? Check them out at http://www.thesaurustea.com

Auctions will run until 10/30/2013. Details are in the auctions and if you have any questions, please email me at mamabear@jbearandme.com. If you win and wish to make your donation tax deductible please contact me for details so we can get the donation made in J’s name while you still get your deduction.

Also, if anyone can tell me why my site is running poorly, I’d really appreciate it!

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