It is common for individuals to struggle in the space between basic manners for a dog and understanding the underlying science and more sophisticated training concepts required of both professional trainers and sport dog enthusiasts. FDSA-PPP is trying to help with that.
Here is an e-book for you. It’s free! Initially, we designed it to be a six week long class of FDSA, complete with photos, videos, and lecture. But we decided that the information was sufficiently important that we should simply give it away to anyone who wanted it.
If you’d like to further education, take a look. You can read it online or you can download it to your computer. Your choice. Share with those who might benefit – they have nothing to lose either.
We want to give a big THANKS to Denise Fenzi for allowing us to repost her blogs for our audience. She is also allowing us access to some of her resources which we will provide in later posts.
Denise’s site describes her as a writer, story teller, dog trainer, free spirit, entrepreneur, and advocate for people and animals – in no particular order. Denise is best known for her flashy and precise obedience work, as demonstrated by two AKC OTCH dogs and perfect scores in both schutzhund and Mondio Ringsport obedience. She has also titled dogs in obedience, tracking, schutzhund, mondioring, herding, conformation, and agility. You can read more about Denise on her blog.
Healing Companions, Inc would like to thank the Gregory’s for their very generous donation in memory of Elena. We are honored to be chosen for such an important tribute. In response to their loss, Janet and Tony Gregory have started a foundation in her honor.
Elena’s mom sent us this note with their donation:
My name is Janet Gregory. My husband, Tony and I tragically lost our beautiful daughter, Elena Nicole, on April 11, 2019. Elena suffered from severe anxiety, panic attacks and depression. She always cared about those less fortunate than herself, and the stories are numerous on how she provided support to others, all the while suffering herself. She had a love for animals, especially dogs. Our own rescue dog, Zola, has provided us all with emotional support while trying to move forward since this great loss.
After Elena’s passing, weset up a 501(c) fund in her honor through the Community Foundation of New Jersey. Our hope for this fund is to keep Elena’s passions alive through supporting other established non-profit organizations to help to make the world a better place. During my research, I came across your Healing Companions website. We feel that your cause and how it helps so many fits perfectly with what we are trying to do.
On behalf of CFNJ-Elena Gregory’s “Arms Wide Open” Fund, we have made a donation toward your honorable cause. If there are other ways in which we can provide support, we would be very interested to hear about them.
Cyndi’s story is typical of our client’s struggles with many different levels of need. We hope you’ll support her and Sage in their quest for a better life. You can see her full story and the fundraiser here
We are deeply grateful and honored that Healing Companions, Inc. has been chosen to be the recipient of Letty’s Memorial Fund. Their goal is to raise enough for the adoption and training of one dog.
From Letty’s sister Katrina:
One year ago today my beautiful ❤️ sister Letty took her life, after many years of struggling with debilitating fear and loneliness (despite being much loved by her family and her many loyal friends) , and lots of other issues stemming from her mental health.
Letty left behind her beloved son; he is nine years old. I hope that he may find some comfort in this tribute too. Mental health and suicide affects all who knew and loved that person, so I know that if we can raise the funds for just one Psychiatric Service Dog, that we will save not only the dog and it’s future owner, but we could also be sparing so many more loved ones from a terrible fate too.
I have chosen Healing Companions as a tribute to Letty because Letty cared deeply about dogs in shelters, and all of the dogs trained by HC are rescues. By sponsoring a dog through Healing Companions we could save a dog , and save a person too; someone desperately struggling like our darling Letty.
Healing Companions trains dogs from shelters to be Psychiatric Service Dogs to people who suffer from mental health problems, giving the dog a purpose, and the owner renewed hope.
It costs $20,000 to train a dog to be a Psychiatric Service Dog. It’s a lot of money but these dogs really do save lives.
Please help us by donating and/ or fundraising to sponsor a dog in honour of our dear sweet Letty.
When we have raised the funds, I’ll update you with photos and videos etc of our dog. In the meantime please do follow the link for Healing Companions and see for yourself the wonderful work that this organisation does. The charity is based in America. We felt it was the right charity, and Letty was an international girl who had lots of dear friends in the States, and spent many happy times there.