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Dawson’s Story

posted by Denise Chasin at 2010-10-22 06:07:00

A few weeks ago, the following ad was found on Craigslist:
Hello. I am posting this for my little brother Dawson. Here is Dawson’s story: Dawson is the 4th born of 5 kids. He was born on October 29, 2005. He was the happiest baby. Then when he was 6 months old he was diagnosed with Epilepsy; commonly known as seizures. He was having 15+ a day. He was taking maximum amounts of medicine in the morning and at night; 3 liquids 2pills. He was so drugged he didn’t learn how to talk until he was 3 years old! He still has some speech problems to this day. His seizures had gone down to about 5 a day. Then FINALLY we got them controlled for a while. This past year he has started having several seizures a day. He just started pre-k this August. He is finding out he is different from the other kids in his class. The only thing that makes him feel better is going on a trail ride with me on my mares. We want him to be able to ride and have a horse so he CAN be like other people. So he can fit in. Like I said, there are 5 kids and my mom is a single mother. With the current economy, we don’t have enough money right now upfront to buy him a horse. His birthday is coming up on the 29th of this month, and his biggest wish is a pony of his own. My mares are too much for him. We want so badly to provide this for him! But we simply can’t. So that’s why I am posting this. Tell your family and friends PLEASE! Help us get the word out and let Dawson live his dream. We are asking that someone donate a pony and some tack to Dawson for his birthday. THANKS SO MUCH! THIS WILL TURN HIS WORLD UPSIDE DOWN! There is plenty of love to go around in this family! I will keep whoever donates posted with pictures through e-mail... if they desire.

Not even twelve hours after this ad was posted, Dawson’s family was contacted by Personal Ponies Ltd. They were inspired by Dawson’s story and arranged for Dawson to have not 1 but 2 ponies of his own! Hours later, Dawson’s family drove Dawson down to Lakeland, GA. to meet Donna Blood, Georgia State Director. He had no idea where he was going. When we got there he was so excited! There was an instant connection with Dawson, and the two ponies Aiden, & Ian. We knew they were the perfect match! When Donna (the State director) told him they were his, he wanted to tie them to the back of the car and take them home!

Donna Blood said that when she read through half of Dawson’s Story her eyes were filled with tears. When she was done with the story, she knew Dawson was going to be one of Personal Ponies LTD special kids! Before Donna would place the ponies in Dawson’s care she wanted to make sure he would have a connection with one of the ponies. When Dawson arrived, Donna put a halter and lead rope on Ian and brought him out of the pasture. Immediately, she saw that Dawson had a connection with Sir Ian.

When she began brushing Ian’s mane and Dawson asked if he could brush too. She gave the brush to him, and he began to brush Ian from his mane, to his back, to his stomach, to his tail. Ian wasn’t bothered one bit by this precious little four year old boy standing right up under him brushing him all over. She then gave Ian some oats to eat. Little Dawson bent down and was feeding Ian oats from his tiny little hand; All the while talking to Ian like he was his long lost friend.

At one point, Donna even heard Dawson say, “Here baby. Here’s your food. It’s good.” Donna had no doubt that Ian was for Dawson, and Dawson for Ian. This is when she decided that Ian and his pasture mate, Aiden, were to be Dawson’s. She then asked Dawson to look at her. She asked him, “Dawson, do you like these ponies?” He said, “Yes.” She said, “Well, if you will brush and feed them every day for me, I want to give them to you.” Dawson looked up at her with the cutest little grin out of the side of his mouth and said, “I think that’s a good idea.” He said, “We can just tie them to the back of the car and take them home.” With tears in their eyes of course, they all had to laugh out loud at the precious innocence of little Dawson.
posted at: 2010-10-22 06:07:00, last updated: 2014-06-17 14:35:54