Mason Bowling is a four-year-old boy living in Johnson City, Tennessee. He also happens to have autism and genetic chromosome disorder. For the longest time, Mason’s family yearned to get him a service dog. Unfortunately, service dogs are so expensive. The good news is their community was willing to back them up, and soon enough, their wish had come true!
A service dog for Mason
Mason is an adorable kid, but because of his condition, he struggles to make friends with kids his age. His family thought getting a service dog could help Mason develop his self-confidence. The service dog could also be trained for search and rescue, a skill which could come in handy in case of emergencies. Of course, that dog could become Mason’s best friend too.
But getting a service dog comes with a costly price tag of $25,000 each. Although the family didn’t have that much money on hand for Mason’s service dog, they did not let it break their spirit. Instead, the family thought of ways to raise the money they need to get their little boy the service dog of his dreams.
Mason’s mom, Danielle, started a social media campaign to raise some funds. At first, only a few people paid attention to their campaign. But as the days went by, the donations started to trickle in. They collected even more funds when former basketball player, Damon Johnson, organized a fundraising basketball tournament dedicated to Mason’s service dog.
Little by little, the community’s donations started to grow. Before they knew it, the Bowlings have enough to get Mason a service dog. Finally, all their efforts have paid off!
This year, Mason finally took home Kevin, his very own service dog. Kevin has been trained to work on Mason’s issues, specifically with his meltdowns. He’s also trained to retrieve medication should Mason need it. And importantly, Mason and Kevin have become the best buddies. Indeed, Kevin is everything the family ever wanted in a service dog for Mason.
Kevin has only been with Mason for a short time now, but everything seems to run smoothly between them. Kevin even got to see Mason graduate from kindergarten. Look at how adorable these best buddies are!
Mason’s family is very thankful to everyone who helped them get Kevin. Every little help went a long way. Now that Mason’s wish has come true, and we’re rooting to see more of their adventures together.
Thanks to Danielle Stevens Bowling