Hi my name is Jennifer and I'm 43 years old. I have been suffering from depression, PTSD, and anxiety since I was 13 years old. I have been hospitalized several times because my depression and PTSD caused me to consider suicide and I'm sad to say that I reached a point of such despair that I attempted suicide. I'm lucky that I wasn't successful. I have been through many different types of therapy, medications, and treatments but unfortunately my depression has been very difficult to treat. My family tries to understand what I'm going through but it's difficult for them which left me feeling so alone in this world. I couldn't put into words what it was that I was going through and I didn't know how else to explain it to them. Then Charli came into my life. She was a beautiful black lab, shepherd, husky mix that I rescued as a puppy. Charli was my constant companion. She was so amazingly smart not just in learning tricks and in obedience school but in sensing my moods. When my depression was really bad she would sit with her head in my lap and just look at me until I started petting her. It's like she knew that if I pet her my anxiety would go down. She also insisted on going for daily walks which helped with my depression. Not only all that but when I had nightmares she would gently paw at me until I woke up and then she would snuggle right next to me for the rest of the night. Just her snuggling next to me I knew I was safe and could fall back asleep. In her eyes I saw so much love and a gentle acceptance. I didn't have to put on a happy face and pretend I was ok with her she loved me tears and all. I didn't need words to tell her how I was feeling she just knew. She was the best therapy. Charli is no long with me and I miss her gentle spirit. I was talking to my therapist about Charli and how therapeutic she was for me and how much I missed that connection. I was surprised that my therapist knew what I was talking about and told me about psychiatric service dogs that provided the same type of comfort and support that Charli had given me all those years. I have done a lot of research and found a non profit organization that trains psychiatric service dogs. The cost of training each dog is around $25,000. The wait time is about 3 years unless you can fundraise the money yourself. It is my hope that I can fundraise this money and be able to receive a service dog much sooner. I want to thank you for reading my story and I hope you'll consider donating to my fundraiser.