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And a new chapter begins

Regular readers of my blog are very familiar with the trials my family, and the rest of the Pepsi Pups families have been put through in the past year. It has tested our resolve, our strength and our personal determination.

While I do wish I could report that justice has been served, alas it has not.

A few months ago we learned the amazing news of a Pepsi Pups family in Ohio. They were blown over by the news that Karen Shirk from 4 Paws For Ability was stepping up where Lea Kaydus – Animal for Autism, Pepsi and Global Giving failed. 4 Paws For Ability was offering this family a much needed service dog, fully funded! What an amazing lifeline, tossed by someone who could have simply looked the other way but chose not to. Who saw a wrong and made the decision to make it right. October they will be blessed with a service dog.


A few weeks ago, another family devastated by the Pepsi Pup scam was contacted by 4 Paws For Ability. Karen once again could not let the mess wrought by  Animals For Autism, Global Giving and Pepsi quietly be swept under the rug. She once again offered a lifeline to a family with little hope left. The news that she was offering another, fully funded, fully trained autism service dog to this Florida family brought much joy! March ’13 they will be blessed with a service dog.


This morning I woke up to an email from Karen Shirk at 4 Paws For Ability.

(edited a bit…..)

Faith will be in our January 2013 class to get her new service dog (YES FOR REAL ;0)   I will be able to tell you who to thank in a bit.  

It is a true sin what Lea did and we are happy to be able to bring some good to the end of the story at least for the three families we are able to help :0)

Karen Shirk, Executive Director 4 Paws For Ability, Inc.

I am humbled and tearful. I am almost speechless.

More when I can type without crying…..

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Delana April 16, 2012, 8:09 pm

    I am so thrilled for you guys, Faith especially. After all you have been through this is just amazing.

  • To the Nth April 17, 2012, 7:26 am

    Words cannot express how thrilled I am for you, so here is a series of emoticons: 😀 😀 😀

  • Susan April 17, 2012, 8:46 am

    This whole nation should know of the good these service dog organizations do. They are run by dedicated, caring and amazing individuals. Thank you “4 PAWS” and thank you to all the other unnamed wonderful service dog groups.

  • Kena April 18, 2012, 12:36 pm

    That’s great news!

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