This is my (Finleys) store where I sell dog accessories to raise money for my Service Dog Educational Fund.
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About my store
Hi everyone, My name is Finley and I am being trained as an official (certified) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) service dog. After almost 20 years of different kinds of therapy, but always on a weekly basis, Mom still was not capable of participating in society the way she had hoped. She could work and participate for a few years before she broke down again and having another burn-out with our without depression and being suicidal. The only thing she needed was a little guidance and help during the days… but not wanting to be so dependant on her partner, for instance. That’s when her professional team suggested a service dog for her PTSD. To help and guide her through the day and have some stability and routine with a dog. She had Nesto already, but he wasn’t allowed to join her at work or in stores. Training him was not very smart because he was already 10 years old when the idea of a service dog came to mind. The idea of a second dog, being a service dog became more real with the day and really suitet Mom. Also her therapist believed it would help with the transition towards a future life without her beloved first dog Nesto. Mom did not want to accept he became older and wouldn’t be able to stay with her until she got old herself. Mom literally said: There is no reason to live anymore without Nesto. If he dies, I will die too. So my arrival to this family was not only to give Mom a new friend but also to support her with her independance as a service dog.
As most other people, Mom has to pay my training herself. She did some investigation and learned it would cost anywhere between 15 and 20K EURO. Where should she get that kind of money, in advance? She started working and saving at the same time, but didn’t last longer than 1,5 years before she broke down again. It was now the end of Summer 2021 and Mom had no durable solution yet. She decided to take some time off and prepare for my arrival. In December 2021 I was finaly born and Mom came to pick me up. With some savings Mom knows she can last a while with the trainings before my ‘ Finley Savings’ – account runs empty.
And because I am not ready yet as a service dog to go to work full days, she decided to go fund money in another way from home. Mom does not like to ask people for money, as some sort of charity case! She got the advice to start crowd funding, but this was still asking for money in return for your story. She actually wants to work for her earnings! So she came up with the idea to use old textiles and make doggy bowties and bandanas from it. She saw that there are a lot of old, discarded clothing and fabrics while they are still very neat and nice. So Mom is doing her best to find second hand materials as cute and cheap as possible, clean the fabrics, make bowties and bandanas from it and sell them online all from home. All money which is not used for new fabrics goes into my savings account: ‘Finleys Savings’. Hopefully in a few years time Mom is able to pay my tuition with this, I’m fully certified as PTSD service dog and she can start working and participating in society again.
If you’d like to help us with our journey, please visit our Etsy Store:
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Because multiple visitors have asked for a donation button, because they don’t have a dog to give the bowtie too and don’t like to create unnecessary waste, please find our donation button below:
Did you know…
…it was actually our good friend Lily (and her service dog in training Bucky, who is my age too), that complemented our very first handmade bowtie and casually mentioned we could totally sell them to others. The seed was planted! And only time was needed to make the start our own bowtie shop! We specially like to thank Lily and Bucky for introcuding us to the world of dog clothing accessories and giving us the confidence to start this adventure!
Some ‘Finley’s Bowties’- Supporters
We also make custom and personalized items.
Just send Mom a quick message with your question!
Valentine’s Day Bows and Bandanas
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