02 December 2011

When Clive met Santa and his special Christmas wish .....

Clive and Murray went to see Santa yesterday in Dundrum Town Centre ...

They had a fabulous time with Santa ....

He remembered Clive and Murray from last year .....

He chatted away to them about their Christmas lists ....

Murray just wants some new DVD's and some books (he's a great kid that never looks for much)
Clive's Christmas wish is probably a little harder to achieve ....

He would love to see more children with autism receive Assistance Dogs .....

There are currently over 220 children on the waiting list for Assistance Dogs from Irish Guide Dogs. At the moment the maximum number of Assistance Dogs that are trained every year is approximately 45 due to funding restrictions.  That means that the waiting list at the moment is currently four years long.

With autism, early intervention is key and this waiting list means that there are children who will not receive a dog for a very long time.  Children who are 4 years old on the waiting list today may be 7 or 8 years old before they get an Assistance Dog.

We know from personal experience in our house that you will do anything for your child with autism and to be told that you are on a four year waiting list and will not receive an Assistance Dog for four years is heart-breaking.

With so much economic hardship and difficulties here in Ireland at the moment we know that funding for Assistance Dogs is not top of the Goverment's priority list and we're also very aware that the upcoming expected Budget cuts next Tuesday will further increase the difficult situations that many families with children with autism find themselves in here in Ireland at the moment.

So, after Murray spoke with Santa and put a smile on Santa's face when he said to him "I know you're real, you're not an imposter", Clive took a moment too with Santa and with his paws crossed told Santa what his 'Christmas wish' was ....

We really need more Assistance Dogs ...

Over two hundred and twenty children around the country this Christmas need an Assistance Dog from Irish Guide Dogs ....

Christmas for those children would be a lot more special for them and their families if they knew they were soon to receive an Assistance Dog ....

Santa promised he would try and help ..... we only hope he can ....

- Clive & Co

In the meantime, if you would like to help in some small way this Christmas - please click on the link here to the Irish Guide Dogs Christmas shop - they have lots of wonderful Christmas presents for sale.

6 comments:

  1. Knowing how wonderful Clive has been for Murray, we wish we could wave a magic wand and give all those children an assistance dog too. We know Santa will do the best he can with a little help from his friends.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

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  2. What a wonderful wish, Murray. We wish it too!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

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  4. Clive! We just put in our order from the Irish Guide Dogs shop! It so happens that friends of ours are getting two puppies soon, so we ordered the puppy and lead combos for them. Thanks!

    Woofs,
    Tommy

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  5. I sure hope that Clive gets his wish. :)

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