Mum raising funds for assistance dog to help autistic son

A SINGLE mother of three autistic children is trying to raise money for one of her sons to have an assistance dog.

The dog, through Smart Pups, costs $25,000 to buy, raise and train and mother Sam Entwisle needs to raise $20,000 of that.

Mrs Entwisle lost her husband to a terminal illness three years ago and is raising three boys - Possum, 11, Stirling, 8 and Rubens, 7.

"The dog will be trained to direct him (Stirling) away from things that make him anxious, so it will reduce his anxiety and make him more capable to handle things," she said.

"It also prevents him from running off and if he does go missing it will be trained as a search dog so it will specifically know to search for him."

RAISING MONEY: Sam Entwisle with her sons (from left) Possum, Stirling and Rubens who are all autistic. Sam is trying to raise $20,000 to get Stirling an autism assistance dog.
RAISING MONEY: Sam Entwisle with her sons (from left) Possum, Stirling and Rubens who are all autistic. Sam is trying to raise $20,000 to get Stirling an autism assistance dog. Amy Lyne

Stirling was diagnosed with autism at age three and is considered low-functioning.

Mrs Entwisle is planning a family fun day to raise the funds, at Harristown High School on September 12.

She is busy organising raffles and an auction including a signed photo from motor driver champion Stirling Moss, who her son was named after. To find out more or to donate to Stirling's pup contact Sam on 0450 690 786 or go to http://www.stirlingspup.com.



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