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Family hosts fundraiser to bring service dog home

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published April 6, 2015

 A fundraiser will be held to bring home Rosie, a service dog in training, to help 10-year-old Moby B’sheart, of West Bloomfield, tackle the world.

A fundraiser will be held to bring home Rosie, a service dog in training, to help 10-year-old Moby B’sheart, of West Bloomfield, tackle the world.

Photo provided by Marlowe B’sheart

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Ten-year-old Moby B’sheart is “kind and loving and creative and musical,” according to her mother, Marlowe B’sheart.

The West Bloomfield resident also faces a number of daily challenges, including cerebral palsy, vision impairment, sensory processing dysfunction, anxiety, motor planning issues and memory recall issues.

“She has a myriad of differences that make navigating the world more difficult and scary,” Marlowe said.

To help her tackle the world, Moby has been paired with 10-month-old Rosie, a Barbet service dog in training, through the Grand Ledge-based organization Canines for Change. Moby trains with Rosie once a month, and Marlowe said she hopes they will be able to bring Rosie home within the next two months, once her training is complete.

“Some of the service dog programs, you meet your dog at the end of your (training),” Marlowe said. “Moby has been involved since Rosie has been a little puppy.”

Service and therapy dogs can benefit children with special needs, Friendship Circle Family Coordinator Tzvi Schectman said in an email.

“These dogs can improve a child’s quality of life by assisting with life skills and increasing physical activity and community involvement,” Schectman said in an email.

Before Rosie can be brought home, Marlowe said, they need to raise $12,500 — half of the cost of caring for and training Rosie. At press time, over $8,000 had been raised. Canines for Change covers the other half of the training cost, she said.

“Rosie is going to help Moby be more independent, confident and manage some of her challenges without so much adult intervention,” Marlowe said.

To raise the final approximately $4,000, a fundraiser will be held from 4-7 p.m. May 3 at Friendship Circle.

Rosie’s Family Fundraiser will feature bounce houses, magic tricks, food, a silent auction and “Animal Magic” with Mark Rosenthal. Entry costs $10 for children. A family with up to three children pays $20, and entry for each additional child costs an additional $5. Donations are welcome for adult admittance.

Funds will be raised through the entry fee, food sales and the silent auction — which will feature items like a session with a massage therapist, a chiropractic session, guitar lessons and piano lessons.

“Quite a few community members have donated their products or their time,” Marlowe said.

Those who cannot attend the fundraiser can donate to bring Rosie home directly by visiting and searching “Moby’s service dog — bring her home!”