We have something super exciting and super cute to share with you! We had our “puppy candidate meeting” last week and learned about the pups that might potentially be a good fit for what we need in a service dog candidate. One little guy stuck out during observation, scoring high in all 4 areas that made him a great candidate as a psychiatric service dog. We observed him and two of his siblings, but in the end he was definitely the one!
Without further ado, meet Zim! (And yes, that’s Zim like Invader Zim, for those that know the cartoon.)
Zim is currently about 7 weeks old and in a couple weeks he will go on to do advanced training before coming to live with us and continue training alongside us (especially Patrick) for the next 2 years until he’s a full-fledged service dog.
He’s a sweet and clever boy boy that is both independent and interested in checking in with his person—the perfect combo as a psychiatric service dog candidate!
While he currently looks mostly black, he will actually change over the next two years into a pretty silver as he’s actually a silver goldendoodle! We knew we’d never be able to choose a service dog candidate based on cosmetic factors as you sometimes do with a pet and that didn’t bother us at all, but we were super surprised to find out that such a unique pup was actually recommended to be the perfect fit for us as our future service dog candidate—most of his litter actually turned out to be this fun color.
We’re very excited and super busy getting ready to pick up this little guy and bring him home in early August. Since our older golden is now 8, we’ve been out of the puppy stage for a long time, so there’s plenty of puppy-proofing to do and products to grab for Zim ahead of time.
We’re very excited to finally know which pup will be our service dog candidate (we’re so grateful one fit the desired temperament) and can’t wait to continue sharing this journey with you guys!
In other news, we thought it might be kind of interesting to share something we found the other day related to Zim and the reason we’re pursuing this path.
While organizing and sorting through some stuff during puppy prep Patrick came across his original airline tickets from his final trip home from boarding school in Malaysia to the U.S. in 2000 after the riots. It was definitely a bittersweet moment of nostalgia and sadness. He couldn’t help but comment on how surreal it was that he was only a teen when he flew halfway around the world by himself. The timing was ironic; he had no idea he still had them and I definitely had no idea they still existed (as an ADHDer, organizing and saving important things isn’t a strong suit of his), but it was a reminder for him that he isn’t crazy; he didn’t spontaneously develop PTSD while feeling sorry for himself over nothing. He dealt with some really heavy, extreme situations very early on over the course of years that brought him to where he is today. There’s no shame in that and taking this journey towards having a fully trained service dog is yet another step in attempting to improve his functionality and life … and ours as a family.
Hopefully you guys enjoy coming on this journey with us! If you feel moved to, we’d appreciate any shares on our GoFundMe story through this link as we are still hoping to offset some of the sizable costs of acquiring and training a psychiatric service dog. Any help is greatly appreciated!
Thank you again for the support, you guys have been so kind and we truly, truly appreciate it. <3