chickadee

by MrsFatass on January 5, 2011

***Edited on 1/6: As of 5:00 PM today, the blogging community has raised $2600 toward Eva’s Therapy Dog! Combined with Journey Beyond Survival’s personal family and friend contributions, we are now within $2000 of getting that dog. WILL YOU HELP US CONTINUE TO SPREAD THE WORD? ***

***Edited on 1/6 to add: As of 1:00 PM today, we’re ALMOST HALFWAY THERE! Since yesterday morning, you all have raised well over $2000, and that total is still climbing. Thank you for your generosity, interest, support and love! ***

Meet Evalyn. Some of you might know her by the name Chickadee.

Evalyn is 3, just like my Thing Two. She’s like most 3 year olds – bright and funny and boisterous and curious. She is potty training. Loves being read to. Has favorite shows she loves to watch. Goes to school.

But there is something about Evalyn that makes her unique. She has Rett Syndrome. This means a lot of things (which her ever so eloquent mother, the woman behind Journey Beyond Survival, could explain to you in glorious detail) but what it boils down to is this: she has a severe, progressive neurological disorder that causes a lack of muscle tone and a lack of head growth and eventually a (or a series of) developmental regressions.

And my friend Journey Beyond Survival? Well, she’s the mommy. So that means she loves her daughter fiercely, and it also means she carries the burdens of her daughter’s challenges not only with determination and perserverance, but also with sadness, worry, and guilt.

Like any mommy, Journey Beyond Survival is trying to do everything within her power to give her girl all the tools and opportunities she needs to thrive. Sometimes that means making the tough decisions, like she did recently when deciding it was time to go forward with the placing of a g-tube. Sometimes that means going to school with her for days in order to teach the teachers how to communicate with her. Sometimes it means asking your friends, your friends of friends, and even perfect strangers to help you.

See, Evalyn needs a Therapy Dog.

A Therapy Dog will help her with socialization. A dog can alert somebody if Evalyn asipirates, or if she has some kind of stress (it is difficult for her to vocalize when she is experiencing stress).  And? The whole family would love him.

Unfortunately, this is not as easy as picking out the most adorable mutt at the pound. Therapy Dogs are special; they require a certain disposition and a ton of training and also, they are very expensive. And not covered by insurance.

A Therapy Dog for Evalyn will cost them $6000.

Whoa, right?

 Well, except that all $6000 means is asking 600 people to donate $10.

Ten Dollars.

So, JBS set up a page through Firstgiving.com and is asking us to do just that. And? So am I.

Look, I know we’re all broke and the economy is bad and we just got through Christmas. Times are tough for sure. But you know what else I know?

I know that people like to be helpful, but sometimes they just don’t know how, or they don’t feel like their efforts will make a difference. Coming up with $10 (or $5, or $11, or whatever) to give toward a Therapy Dog for Evalyn? Will make a difference.

I know how many unique hits I get every week on this blog. I know exactly what impact all of you could have on this goal. The question is will you?

Evalyn is one of those special people that, once you fall under her spell, she takes your breath away. She’s an old soul in this little body. She has an affect on everyone around her. She’s beautiful. Amazing. Determined. Astonishing. Real.

So, I’m asking. Will you give a few dollars to help fund Chickadee’s therapy dog? Will you? 

You can follow the family’s story by reading her mom’s blog Journey Beyond Survival. You can keep up with her quest to bring home her doggy companion on Facebook here. And make your donation here: DONATION PAGE.

Thank you, everybody. Thank. You.

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{ 122 comments… read them below or add one }

Miz January 5, 2011 at 5:49 am

I love Chickadees mommy so, by extension, the Chickadee.

She’s one of the strongest women I know.

thank YOU for introducing us and for this (amazingly explanatory!) post.

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MrsFatass January 5, 2011 at 12:01 pm

She IS one of the strongest women I know. I love me some JBS.

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Miz.
YOU are strong. The Chickadee would adore the Tornado. Tutu’s you know.

She did an excellent job explaining a LOT in a little bit of space.

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 5, 2011 at 7:05 am

Did I ever tell you you’re my hero?
You’re the wind beneath my wings baby. Wind.

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MrsFatass January 5, 2011 at 7:42 am

Um, maybe FULL of wind. You’re the hero my dear. Love you.

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Becky Johns January 5, 2011 at 7:07 am

To Evalyn. And her mommy. And all those who love her.

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MrsFatass January 5, 2011 at 7:43 am

Aw, Becks. You tug my heartstrings. I miss you, sister.

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Thank you Becky Johns. Thank you feels so empty next to what you have shown my family.

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Kirsten (Results Not Typical Girl) January 5, 2011 at 7:39 am

I’m a financial mess rocking a credit score of less than 600 (thanks BetaHusband, I’d have been better off with a V8). We live paycheck to paycheck and sometimes don’t make it. But this week? I clipped coupons for the first time in forevah. I saved $5. Go me. So? I just donated it to the beautiful blessing that needs a puppy. Bitch powah. Go team.

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MrsFatass January 5, 2011 at 7:44 am

Kirsten, you are such an amazing bitch. I love you. I mean it. Thank you.

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Kirsten.

Lovely Bitch power. Means as much to me as the biggest checks. Just that you would do that! Thank you!

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charmaine January 5, 2011 at 9:19 am

done :o)

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MrsFatass January 5, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Thank you. Seriously.

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm

@charmaine Thanks. 😀

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Kara January 5, 2011 at 9:35 am

Also done. One of the things I want to do this year is give more … but not to big anonymous organizations; to individuals in need, getting money and things directly to them. I can’t think of a better start to my years goals than this one. Thank you so much MFA for posting this.

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MrsFatass January 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Aww. And thank YOU, Kara, for giving!

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Kara. You are amazing!

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Kerri O January 5, 2011 at 9:50 am

You rock.

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MrsFatass January 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm

As do you, Hotass.

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Yes.

You TWO.

😉

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Tania January 5, 2011 at 10:02 am

I think it’s great that you posted this on here. It’s also amazing to see how powerful the blog community can be. They’ve already raised nearly $500 in just 3 hours. I contributed my part as well. I hope she gets her dog!

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MrsFatass January 5, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I do too, Tania. Thanks for joining in!

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Tania. She will thanks to you and all the other amazing people out there!

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@LisainLouKY January 5, 2011 at 10:08 am

Done. I, too, want to have a servants heart this year but selfishly want to see the benefits of my “donations”. Many prayers and much luck to reach this goal!

Thank you for helping spread the word and please keep us posted!

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MrsFatass January 5, 2011 at 12:04 pm

It’s true – we DO like to see a result for our effort. And with this effort, we definitely will. Thank you.

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Please check in on FB as often as you like!

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Kahla January 5, 2011 at 10:11 am

I am proud of what you are doing. I will be linking this to my blog today – this takes priority – let’s see if we can make this happen in 72 hours!
Someone that cares…

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MrsFatass January 5, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Thanks so much for helping us spread the word today!

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I love the way you think!

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Kyra January 5, 2011 at 10:21 am

Sue, this is such an amazing post! I hope Chickadee gets her assistance dog soon. 🙂

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MrsFatass January 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Thank you Kyra!

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Thanks Kyra!

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Erin January 5, 2011 at 10:24 am

Instead of that lunch I was planning on purchasing at noon, I am going home for lunch. And instead of posting the blog post I worked on finishing last night, I’m going to link here. And to the donation page.

It takes a village to get a therapy dog. 🙂

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MrsFatass January 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Wow. Thank you for the lunchtime decision AND the post. Thank you.

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 3:53 pm

YOu are SO amazing! Thank you!

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Steve January 5, 2011 at 10:43 am

Done and done.

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MrsFatass January 5, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Awww, thanks, Boo.

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm

<3 You awesomsauce You <3

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Kerri O January 5, 2011 at 11:28 am

Left a comment, but it didn’t go through I guess.
You rock.
Spreading the word!

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MrsFatass January 5, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I’m so glad you came back! Your comment (and Miz’s) went to spam! And ya’ll are MOST DEFINITELY not spam!

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Thanks for all your work Kerri! You rock.

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Staci January 5, 2011 at 11:32 am

Done, done and done! Thanks for getting this message out there. What a sweet, little darlin’.

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MrsFatass January 5, 2011 at 12:08 pm

She sure is. A total heartstealer, that girl.

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm

She is at that! Love that ladybug princess!

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Tracie January 5, 2011 at 11:37 am

This is a wonderful post, Lady! I posted it on FB, and already had a friend volunteer to do a fundraiser at her restaurant (Knights in A2…don’t know if you’re familiar with it or not…at Dexter Rd. & Maple Rd.). It’s so amazing to see what people can do when presented with a chance to give. I’ll be giving my donation this week! Love you! 🙂

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MrsFatass January 5, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Oh, Tracie, am I ever familiar with Knights. Many great meals and strong cocktails there. My friend shared with me the email, and if it all pans out, I fully intend to be there to help! Thank you. For all of it. Everything. Our friendship after all these years.

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I cannot believe the ripples of this! It is amazing. I will be following up with your friend to see if we can work out the details. Thanks for doing your part!

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Kelley Reischauer January 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Done. And what does $10 mean? It means, skipping Starbucks 2 times this month. It means, only ONE of your family members not eating out this month, and it could mean the difference in the life of a child.

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MrsFatass January 6, 2011 at 6:21 am

Thanks, Kelley Bean. I love you!

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm

My family thanks yours. And my Chickadee? She’ll smile to melt your heart when you see the pics of it!

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Paige January 5, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Done 🙂

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MrsFatass January 6, 2011 at 6:21 am

Thanks, Paige! So much.

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Thanks. xoxo

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Jeremy Logsdon January 5, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Any time that I think my life is tough, I just need to look around and see how easy I’ve got it. I think we can all probably cough up a few bucks, even if we have to dig deep.

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MrsFatass January 6, 2011 at 6:22 am

Isn’t that the truth? Thanks, Jeremy.

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Aw man, thank you!

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Jenn @ Watch My Butt Shrink! January 5, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Look at that face – she looks like her mommy! Glad I can help. JBS is lucky to have such a wonderful friend like you!

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MrsFatass January 6, 2011 at 6:23 am

Aww, thanks Jenn. But I’m the lucky one to have a friend like HER. (Kiss that sweet baby for me!)

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm

You are both good friends. 🙂 Thanks for being there for me.

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@FitInMyHeart January 5, 2011 at 4:36 pm

This has been an emotional week for me and this just PUSHED ME OVER THE EDGE!!! I Love Chickadee, Her Amazing Mother and YOU!!!! It is THIS that I try to explain to people when they ask “Why do you love Twitter So?” I will do all I can to help!!! XoXo Dr. Mo

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MrsFatass January 6, 2011 at 6:24 am

YOU are always so full of positivity! Thank you for all you do ALL the time to spread the love!

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I love you sweet lady! I do love Twitter too. Esp after meeting you! xoxo

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Runeatrepeat January 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Thank you for sharing this story. I will def link to you tonight 🙂 God Bless Evalyn <3

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MrsFatass January 6, 2011 at 6:25 am

Thank you! Thanks for helping to spread the word!

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Thank you!

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Stacy January 5, 2011 at 7:01 pm

I just linked to Evalyn’s facebook page on my own facebook page. I’ll also be spreading the word at work! Thanks for sharing this.

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MrsFatass January 6, 2011 at 6:25 am

Thank you, Stacy! We appreciate all your efforts!

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Thank you Stacy! It’s paying off. Big time. 🙂 <3

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Michelle January 5, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I have 47,000 in school loans…but I can skip three coffees. It’s done and done.

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Yum Yucky January 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Yes, indeed. I’m going to give.

Michelle: I can totally make you some free coffee. I would never drink the coffee I made myself, but maybe you will? I’ll share with Journey Beyond Survival, too. 😉

(I heart the Chickadee family)

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MrsFatass January 6, 2011 at 6:26 am

You’re such a hotass. I love you.

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm

<3 <3 and kisses! Thank you.

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Laurie January 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Done. I feel like a cheapskate, I forgot to add the 77 cents for shipping and handling…ugh.

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MrsFatass January 6, 2011 at 6:27 am

Me too! Grr. But you are NOT a cheapskate. Thank you!

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Don’t.
Don’t ever think of yourself as a cheapskate AGAIN!
Thanks for contributing!

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Nicky January 5, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Hi! A friend of mine on Facebook posted a link to this story.

I wanted to let you know there is a dog training/boarding facility here in North Alabama that trains hunting, detection and special needs dogs. They are a fairly new facility and just had their first set of pups! I will pass your story along to the manager to see if he is willing to donate a dog and/or services. If not in full, maybe partial. I’m not sure if they already have a facility in mind but I guess it wouldn’t hurt to ask, right?

Their official site is not functional yet but you can visit their Facebook page at:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Whistling-Wings-Kennel/145723048781388?v=wall

I’m headed now to make a donation. Good luck and God bless Chickadee!

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MrsFatass January 6, 2011 at 6:27 am

Wow – thank you! Amazing. Just amazing.

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Thank you Nicky. Those are some gorgeous dogs over there! Thanks for thinking of us.

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Drazil January 5, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I hate to say it but I’m not a donater. I’m a time volunteer and I often raise money but I rarely donate because I’m all negative in thinking the “real” people it is intended for never see it. Today?

I’m a donater.
And if you ask again tomorrow – I’ll be a donater tomorrow too. For JBS. And Chickadee.

And for hope.

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 5, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I love you Draz. I really really really really do.

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MrsFatass January 6, 2011 at 6:28 am

Man, do I love you. Thank you!

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Drazil January 5, 2011 at 9:17 pm

And? Shitballs – company match baby. Double whammy – another $20 in the pot!

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Thank you Draz. You are amaze. ing. See? You set my hedge head ablaze!

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 5, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Honestly? I want to respond to everysingle comment. Would anybody object? You are all amazing.

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MrsFatass January 6, 2011 at 6:29 am

I would most definitely NOT object.

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lyndawithaY January 5, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Thanks for doing what you are doing. You are a wonderful writer, friend, blogger and now, an advocate!

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MrsFatass January 6, 2011 at 6:30 am

Aww. Thanks Lynda.

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm

She IS amazing.

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lyndawithaY January 5, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Oh, and I tweeted about it and put it in my little blog.

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MrsFatass January 6, 2011 at 6:30 am

Wow! Thank you for helping spread the word!

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Thanks!

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charmaine January 6, 2011 at 2:32 am

Look at that tally go! Makes you feel a bit warm and fuzzy really <3

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MrsFatass January 6, 2011 at 6:31 am

Sure does. I’ve been swallowing a lump in my throat all day!

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm

It’s been an amazing ride. Thanks for helping.

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sharlaelizabeth January 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Donated. I only wish it could be more. Tried to make up for it by linking you up in my blog.

I am already happy-tearing up at the thought of seeing pictures of Chickadee with her dog. 🙂

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mrsfatass January 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Thank you for the link and the donation! We’re getting so close to goal!

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm

The little donations mean just as much, as we’re struggling financially too.

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Tammy Ortagus January 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm

This is the best $10 I’m going to spend all year. I’m writing a post now with a link to your blog so all of my followers can hop over and help out. Thanks for the opportunity to help today. 🙂

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Thank you! You are amazing.

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mrsfatass January 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Doesn’t it feel good to spend money on this? Thank you! And thanks for the link.

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Kayla January 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm

My sister in law’s mom trains those dogs. Let me see if I can help out any way.

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Wow. Thanks so much.

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MrsFatass January 9, 2011 at 11:00 am

Thanks Kayla!

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Heli January 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I’ve been thinking about this since yesterday afternoon when I first clicked. Last night at bedtime I told my 4.5yo daughter about Evalyn and how we had sent a little bit of money to help her get a therapy dog. Tonight I’m going to show Evalyn’s picture to her and my 2.5yo so they can see that she’s a little girl so much like themselves. Children have such natural compassion, and I want to show them the value of person-to-person giving. We’ll be keeping Evalyn and her family in our thoughts and watching for when she gets her dog!

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Aw. You make me gulp hard. And sniff. I am amazed at everyone’s compassion. Thank you.

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MrsFatass January 9, 2011 at 11:00 am

This is just so sweet. thanks for sharing the story! And thank you for donating!

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Joy January 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Just donated. Thanks for sharing this story! What a precious little girl and lucky to have such a caring mama! All the best for the family!

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 9, 2011 at 10:26 am

Thank you Joy. We appreciate this so much!

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MrsFatass January 9, 2011 at 11:01 am

Thank you so much for helping out!

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Rettakat January 7, 2011 at 4:33 am

Done. Blessings on precious Chickadee!

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 9, 2011 at 10:27 am

Thank you. I know how much you love your furry family. <3

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MrsFatass January 9, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Thank you!

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Greta January 9, 2011 at 9:29 am

OK lady, now I love you even more. You’ve got me practically in tears because of your huge, warm heart. I’m going to call you Mrs. Fat Heart from now on!!

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MrsFatass January 9, 2011 at 11:03 am

MrsFatheart. I love it. THANK YOU.

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Susan January 9, 2011 at 9:36 am

Done! Such a great cause, thanks for sharing!

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MrsFatass January 9, 2011 at 11:04 am

Thank YOU for helping!

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 9, 2011 at 11:53 am

Thanks Susan! We thank you.

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Natalia January 9, 2011 at 10:14 am

I’ve been following JBS for a while now! Is it ok if I post a link to this post on my facebook?

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MrsFatass January 9, 2011 at 11:04 am

Please do!

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 9, 2011 at 11:53 am

Thanks Natalia!

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Marie @mkopp1 January 10, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I couldn’t think of a better way to donate! I have donated plus posted both this blog post and the donate link on my Facebook Page! Hoping to spread the word a little for a great cause! *HUGS* to all!

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JourneyBeyondSurvival January 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Wow. Thanks Marie. I think that sharing the info has been just as valuable as the donations, because it just needs to get seen. Thanks so much…

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