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A Multi-purpose dog needed for my Zebra Trissanna

My story is about my beautiful Zebra Trissanna.

Trissanna and mom 2014Trissanna was born  in 2001 with a rare syndrome called EDS (Ehlers-Danlos syndrome). By the age of 2 she started showing signs of EDS. It wasn’t until the age of 9 she was finally diagnosed with 2 types, type 1 Classical and type 3 Hypermobility. As she gets older her EDS worsens. She will have good days and bad days. There are new symptoms showing up all the time. Trissanna is a strong willed person. She tries not to let her EDS get in the way.

I’m very proud of my daughter, how she pushes through every day. I wish I could be as strong as her sometimes. She is my hero. Its been a long and rocky road. Trissanna is being monitored by lots of doctors. We go to Children’s hospital a lot, thankfully she hasn’t been hospitalized. We see all kinds of specialists because EDS has so many symptoms. Trissanna has anxiety and panics in large groups of people because if she gets bumped she could dislocate a body part. Example: Once in Elementary school she bumped her leg and her knee dislocated so she couldn’t walk for the rest of the day. Luckily the bone goes back into place on its own, but causes excruciating pain. Her bones are slippery and dislocate all the time now. Eventually they will dislocate and need help going back in place. She also has Arthritis in both hands. So it hurts to use her hands. She loves doing Rainbow Loom and in spite of the pain she was able to make a purse. It took a few days and a lot of rest but she did it.

She goes twice a week to Hydrotherapy to help strengthen her muscles. She has always loved swimming. I could never get her out of the water when she was younger. Even now she still won’t get out. The water helps take a lot of pressure off her hurting body. I just wish I had a pool she could go in all the time.

1414533880383On her good days she’ll go shopping and walk around the mall or go bike riding. But she’ll tire fast and end up in a wheelchair. But still that’s not stopping her. She loves animals. She is very good with them and animals tend to go to her. On her bad days she gets depressed, slows down and watches TV or reads. Video games are even hard now because of the controllers. Even getting dressed is a challenge sometimes. Its hard seeing her have her meltdowns.

Having a service dog for her would be a prayer come true.

The dog would be trained as a multipurpose dog. It will help her with her anxiety, comfort her on meltdown times, help build her muscle tone by walking and caring for it, opening and closing doors and pulling of clothes.  The list is endless what a multi-purpose dog can do to help her.  It will also help give me a break. Its hard being a single mom and I know the dog will help keep my Zebra safe.

Please help me in raising funds for the multi-purpose dog.

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Email address:  Zebrawithpaws@Outlook.com

Thank You everyone !!

The Hunter Family


Our goal is $25,000