When I began to think of ways to raise money for our service dog I knew I didn’t want to really make a go fund me page. I’m personally just not a huge fan. I have worked with an art non-profit for the past few years. One way they generate funds is to do face painting for donation. People started asking me to attend some festivals. Last year before the true conception of the service dog I was painting faces for donations. I was putting the money into my art workshops I manage. I decided this would be one of the many ways to raise funds for the service dog. I asked some people I know if they could help. The two main places being Crittenden’s men clothing shop in Midway, KY and High on Art and Coffee in Lexington.
We have a close family friend that works at Crittenden’s men’s shop. She is one of the most exuberant, straight forward, kind- hearted, Kentucky gals you will ever meet. She holds art dear to her heart. Honestly she didn’t really ask me if I wanted to set up in Midway it was more in the manner of the politest demand. She assured me not to worry about anything. She is someone on our life team that is always encouraging and pushing us. We are truly blessed to be able to use the Crittenden garden area in Midway on Main Street. We will be at all the Mid- Summer Mid-nights as well as the fall festival. I will be doing henna and face painting for donations. We will also have some shirts and decals. We do this same small set up every first Saturday of the month from 11-4 at High on Art and coffee in Lexington. Below are some event links- you can find us at.
As you can tell art is very importin to our family. I love to create and work with people that like to create. When thinking again about the funds for the dog I began to think up a fashion show concept. I was telling a friend about my idea. I had worked with this model a few times in the Lexington Fashion outlets. We met through an organization called The Lexington Fashion Collaborative. She said let’s get a fashion show together to raise funds for your daughter’s service dog. For the past month this is what I have been doing in my free time. Tiki Java will be the location for our Fashion Show on July 27, 2019. It will take place from 5pm-8pm. It will be $10 to get in. All proceeds go to the service dog fund. The Show will showcase 5 local Lexington designers as well as fashion work from myself and a full body painted model.
We also have many other things in the works for fund raising. We are also open to the idea of working with people that would like to help us. If you are reading this and would like to help us set some kind of fund raiser up, that would be amazing. Please contact us via e-mail. As an artist I love to help small business when possible. Please make sure to check out the event links. Hope to see y'all out and about in the community.
Fashion Show (Tiki Java -Lexington)
Mid-Summer Night July 27, 2019
Mid-Summer Night August 23, 2019
Midway Fall Festival September 21 and 22 , 2019
Other Lexington Events
Hello y’all and thanks for stopping by. I am creating this blog and site to share our service dog journey. If you explore the About section, you will see Luna’s story about why she needs a service dog. In short, we are raising funds for a mobility service dog. I have been researching about service dogs for the past year. We finally found an organization in the Frankfort, KY area that we will be working with.
About a week ago the gal text us from Pawsibilities and said she had a 5month old poodle that she thought would be a good fit for our needs. Yesterday (07/16/2019) we got to meet our kind-hearted beautiful dog. At first, she was a little shy, however lots was going on at the dog training facility. Naturally I feel a puppy might be a little shy. After a few minutes she started to warm up to Luna and I. Luna was excited about her and began to pet her and try to give her some toys. Luna easily got distracted by the cats in the room as well; however, she always came back to the puppy. Luna saw the leashes and collars hanging up on the wall and picked up a leash. Luna wanted to walk the dog. This was the sweetest thing. The dog took very well to Luna. The two looked at one another as if they knew they were made for one another. I almost shed a little happy tear.
I have been working very hard with Luna from a young age to understand dogs. Luna has known dogs since birth. My sister has 2 dogs. Luna loves interacting with them. When we go out in public I always make sure she knows to never pet a dog unless she asks. We often call service dogs, helper dogs. I have been getting her acclimated with the idea of having a service dog. I will often ask her if she would like a dog to help her with righty (this is what we call her weak side). We constantly have to bring awareness to her right side. A few weeks ago, I got her a dog walking toy to get her used to the idea of walking a dog and we pretend feed it. She is always wanting to take the toy dog everywhere. I also got her a book about a girl having a service dog called Rescue and Jessica. That night when we came home from meeting the puppy I gave the
book to Luna and read it to her. She listened through the entire book and was eagerly engaged. I asked her after the book if she wanted to name her dog Rose.
The name just kind of came to me after I had shuffled through a few and took some considerations from friends. The name had popped into my head a few times before meeting the dog. When we saw her in person I knew that would be a good one. I could tell this Standard Poodle needed a short cute name. Luna can say rose and she says it in the most adorable way as a little British girl might accent.
Please stay connected with our blog to learn more about our journey.