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A local girl finally gets a service dogApril 25, 2012 @ 5:36 pm (Updated: 10:51 am - 4/26/12 )
Faith Creighton of Silverdale, Washington is finally going to get her service dog.
Earlier this year I wrote about the eight-year-old. She has mild Cerebral Palsy, Autism, multiple life-threatening allergies, left ventricle hardening of her heart, reduced kidney function, and Familial Mediterranean Fever Syndrome.
Faith tires easily and has difficulty navigating uneven terrain and stairs. She also gets unnerved by anything that's out of her routine, so it's challenging for her to make transitions from one activity to the next.
Faith's mom and dad thought a service dog would help and her in several ways.
A dog could give her stability while trying to move around and retrieve a dropped item. The animal could provide emotional support by interrupting self-harming behavior and alerting others of wandering.
Faith's parents, James and Allison Creighton, paid to be a part of an Animals for Autism program run out of Illinois that they felt was a scam.
Now a follow up. My KING 5 hero Jesse Jones reports Faith will be getting a service dog from a a group out of Ohio called 4 Paws for Ability.
"I started crying," says Allison Creighton, who is elated with the development.
The family will have to go through a training process, and should be able to bring their new dog home within a year.
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