I logged into Facebook the other morning to find my mother had written a few words for her friends after visiting our family for a day. The support feels wonderful. Truly, my mom has been an active help in making Appa’s service training a reality for us. I asked her if I could share her words. She said, “Of course!” Here they are, along with a reminder to please submit to the Four Paws for Noah writing competitions before March 31!
“I had the opportunity to see first hand how having a service dog can help Noah. It is a wonderful thing to behold!
“My beautiful grandson has been struggling with anxiety and autism that presents itself in very unique ways. His doctors have struggled with an appropriate label for his differences because the child is so highly intelligent; yet his emotional self is very delayed. He has a difficult time socializing because he just doesn’t quite fit the model of what a ten year old should be. And yet he is a fun loving witty child with energy to spare.
“Appa, the service dog that is being trained for Noah, makes a HUGE difference for him. Appa knows when Noah is stressed and sits in his lap to calm him down. Noah starts petting Appa’s soft curls and you can see his body relax and watch the expressions in his eyes become loving instead of fearful.
“To all my friends: please consider helping Noah by entering the writing contests or by donating to his GoFundMe project.
“We are all very grateful for any and all support – whether monetary or by spreading the word that this is a worthy cause that will positively impact a child for a lifetime – and will positively impact his brother and sister as well!
“Thanks for reading! See below for the writing contests!”
Four Paws for Noah Writing Competitions
The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Contest seeks flash fiction on the theme of “a boy and his dog” (500 words or fewer). $250 first prize with publication. Second and third place cash prizes. $15 submission fee directly benefits a 10-year-old boy and his Autism service dog. All submissions considered for followup anthology. Head Judge: Charli Mills. Find more information and submit here.
The Able in This Diverse Universe Essay Contest seeks nonfiction essays on themes of ableism, disability, access and overcoming (2,000 words or fewer). $250 first prize with publication. Second and third place cash prizes. $10-$15 submission fee directly benefits a 10-year-old boy and his Autism service dog. All submissions considered for followup anthology. Head Judge: Karrie Higgins. Find more information and submit here.
Deadline: March 31, 2016