Mom ‘over the moon’ as donations pour in to acquire service dog for daughter

“I think we’re only about $ 5,000 away from our destination,” says Barrie-mom, including a donation of more than $ 18,000 to help buy and train a psychiatric service dog

Jordyn Miller has a puppy.

However, the seventh grader gets not just your regular pooch, but a specially trained psychiatric service dog, thanks to more than $ 26,000 in donations to the family’s GoFundMe page.

Jackie Miller told BarrieToday that while she and her daughter were hopeful about creating the online campaign, until recently they were far from raising the nearly $ 30,000 it would take to buy – and then train – the psychiatric Service dog from K-9 land required Inn Working Service Dogs, a Meaford-based service dog training and accreditation program.

That is no longer the case, said the relieved Barrie mother, who has officially deposited a deposit with the organization.

“It’s definitely going forward,” says Jackie.

The dog would be for Jackie’s 12-year-old daughter, Jordyn, who has struggled with mental health problems for several years – including anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as recently diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DIS). She also has a history of self-harm and attempted suicide in the past year.

“I think we’re only about $ 5,000 away from our destination,” says Jackie, adding that they received a donation of $ 18,500, an amount that stunned her.

The donor, she learned from mutual online friends, may be struggling with some of his or her own mental health problems and just wanted to help.

“When I sent him a thank you, he was really humble and said he hoped he would give us some rest and please take care of her,” she says.

“We’re so close to our goal and I’m so excited about the future,” says Jordyn.

While the wheels are officially on the move, Jackie says there is still a long way to go to get the dog. The puppy is not born until spring and then the training process takes about 18 months.

“She’s excited and excited, but I know she wishes it was now. It’s hard at her age and I think she doubted it would happen, “says Jackie, adding that Jordyn had a” not-so-great day “the night the big donation came in – but then pulled she met and insisted that they go out and party.

The dog will help her reassure her that her daughter is safe, says Jackie.

“That doesn’t mean that only the service dog is the end, but it’s safety and protection – and a little less worry for me. In combination with treatment and therapy, I have the feeling that it will really give her a chance, ”she says.

“I’m over the moon. … It was a long shot, but now it’s actually going to happen.”