With the passing of her service dog, Remi, due to complications of lumbar-sacral syndrome, Lakeview resident Saylor Antle and her family are looking at purchasing a new service dog. A GoFundMe campaign and a raffle have been started.
Antle has been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Bilateral Sensorineural hearing loss, Gastroparesis and autism.
Before she got Remi and began the service dog training, Antle was limited to using crutches and a wheelchair to get around. She has undergone 17 surgeries since she was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and 10 of those surgeries were to fuse joints together. The syndrome causes joints to dislocate; fusing combats the dislocation. The disease also affects blood vessels.
The family was not able to find an already trained service dog through a non-profit — this process can take years and there is a waiting list — but Antle was able to find a breeder in Utah. The family was able to raise the money needed for Remi through a GoFundMe. Remi was a standard poodle which is fairly common for service dogs as they are very intelligent and hypoallergenic. Even though Remi had yet to undergo the full service dog training, Antle and Remi had been working with a trainer remotely to get Remi certified as a service dog. Part of the training includes brace training, where Remi acted as a stabilizing force allowing Antle to be supported when she was standing or needed to get up. Remi also picked up objects Antle needed but was unable to reach herself, especially after she has had a surgery.
With the passing of Remi, Antle and her family are now looking to raise the funds needed to get another service dog. Only in rare and specific circumstances will insurance cover the cost of a service dog.
In a Facebook post, Antle wrote they have found a dog from the same breeder as Remi but from a different lineage. The dog is a two-year-old male named Liam. As a service dog it will provide the mobility support Antle needs to get around. Liam will cost $3,500.
In a post on the GoFundMe, Antle wrote that Remi alerted her when someone knocked at the door, provided pressure therapy, and helped when she became dizzy. So far the GoFundMe has raised $1,190.
Tony and Amanda Anderson of Anderson’s food truck and Anderson Firewood, will be raffling off one cord of lodge pole rounds with the money going to support Antle’s efforts in getting a new service dog. Raffle tickets are $5 for one or five tickets for $20. People can contact Amanda Anderson by texting her at 541-417-0950 or by contacting her through Facebook.
To donate via the GoFundMe visit bit.ly/AntleDog.