I wanted to give an update to our therapy dog status because several people have asked me about it. We still have not heard from Autism Service Dogs of America. They received our application months ago and I believe we are still waiting to be processed.
A friend of mine was able to donate in Jacob's name through her work, so I hope that helps us get approved.
Although Jacob is making vast improvements in speech and his attention span, we are still in desperate need of a therapy dog for his safety. Jacob is 5 and very smart and very independent. In fact, if he ever got out of the house or the clinic I am certain he would run towards danger. When he rides his bike around our cul-de-sac he tries to ride off down the street and we have to chase him down and redirect him and he tries to run often when we are out in public. He is the sweetest little guy, but still has little awareness of danger.
We are going to purchase Angel Sense GPS this month for him. Unfortunately, this is a device used to locate a child after they have wandered, which may be too late for children like Jacob who are attracted to water and traffic. However, it is what's available, so we are going to get it. As he gets older, I had hoped that this behavior would subside and that he would become more aware of his surroundings and less likely to bolt. That just isn't the case. He is at the prime age for running because he is so incredibly smart and independent.
I just wanted to ask for prayer please. Could you please keep Jacob's safety in your prayers and that he will get accepted into the therapy dog program. This would be a potentially life-saving animal for him. It amazes me how God created these dogs to be so brilliant and such an aid to children with disabilities. Thank you for prayer.