The most expensive dog in the world? $27,000 pooch
IT'S BEEN a long haul but thanks to the community and organisations Chilli Morgan's family have been able to raise $10,000 towards their $27K goal.
The money is needed so Chilli Morgan, 7 who has Kleefstra Syndrome, can get a service dog.
The Gladstone Quota Club presented Kevina Morgan, Chilli's mum with a $3.5K cheque at the Harvey Road Tavern last night, the funds received from a cent sale held by the club early May.
"I'm grateful towards these ladies for being so dedicated and committed to helping Chilli get a service dog," she said.
"Chilli is nonverbal and this service dog will change her quality of life."
Kleefstra syndrome is a rare genetic condition in which a tiny piece is missing from near the end of one of the body's 46 chromosomes, Chilli is one in nine in Australia diagnosed with the condition and it affects her learning, communication and movement.
The black Labrador is currently nine months old and has been training since it was born to be a service dog.
Named Herbie by Chilli's family, the dog will need at least two years of training before the family can take him home.
But Chilli will get a meet and greet session with Herbie in June, to see if the two are compatible.
"While Chilli can't physically tell us that she likes dogs, if she is ever around one she is mesmerised. You can tell she really loves them," Mrs Morgan said.
"At the moment she doesn't understand what a service dog is, now does she understand that she is getting one. But her brother Axel does and he's excited."
Service dogs like Herbie can sense if Chilli is going to have a seizure up to an hour before she's going to have it, according to Mrs Morgan.
"If Herbie senses anything out of the ordinary with Chilli, he will come and alert me," she said.
"They will share a very strong bond, he will keep her safe if I'm ever out and about, and help with her meltdowns.
"If Chilli is trying to put something in her mouth, which is one of her many habits, Herbie will stop her or distract her from doing so."
Along with a Go Fund Me page, Mrs Morgan is also doing a pie drive to help raise the additional $17K needed.
For more information call Mrs Morgan at 0417 799 351.