The Rainbow Bridge

I have been trying to write this post since christmas and keep putting it off because well to be honest it’s not a nice one.

As you know we all achieved the amazing target for Reilly’s support dog in one week.  It was shared hundreds of times and we had donations from all over the world which enabled us to kickstart the journey of getting a companion for Reilly. For safety, for comfort, for friendship.

I fell in love with Perci when I first saw him in the photos and decided that he was the man for us.  Ellis thought he was the best thing he had ever seen and said he’d give up his christmas presents if we could get him by christmas eve.  Perci was in training, ringing bells to go outside, applying pressure etc he was perfect and we began looking at when we should start visits.


Just before christmas we were informed that Persi had died.  Ironically he was born with a heart condition.  Even though we hadn’t met him yet we were looking at photographs of him and showing Reilly.  I was and still am really sad, Reilly doesn’t understand but Ellis  was really upset.  His trainer and the brilliant people at Appaws for Autism were and still are absolutely devastated.  His brother and sister Pablo & Peni have been checked over and are fine thankfully.

So there you have it I cant sprinkle glitter on it because it’s just awful.  We’ll now look at options again with Appaws for Autism and get cracking soon with making Reilly’s support dog a reality.


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Christine Stephenson

Really busy mam who runs her own charity, has 3 sons and learning about autism every day. Contact me at

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