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Painting (Art Therapy) with Bekah & Her Service Dog Bilbo

Organized by: Nancy E Peterson

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Somewhere on the other side of the world, in the Southern most region of Mainland China on the South China Sea a tiny baby girl was left on the steps of a women and infant’s hospital. During the wee hours of a gray February dawn, in the year of the Dragon, this amazing and resilient little girl was abandoned.

Her given name  is  Xiao Rong, which means glorious dawn and one who will do great things from her cradle.  She was taken to one of China’s many “social welfare” institutions, where she would hopefully, eventually be matched with waiting Western parents. 

For one so small, “Xiao Rong” has overcome many obstacles in her young life. She spent the first year and a half of her life, malnourished, neglected and in pain from undiagnosed severe acid reflux disease. There was neglect, abuse and malnutrition too. 

As a result of this lack of attention to her needs, she is neurologically compromised.  Little XiaoRong became Bekah Ruth Xiao Rong  a name to symbolize her past and her future.

Bekah is diagnosed with Developmental Trauma, Chronic PTSD and Epilepsy.  She does not speak but does communicate with sign language. 

Bekah has succeeded in facing obstacles most adults would not be able to survive, and she has done it with a special kind of resilience.  She is hyper vigilant, and fearful of those who she perceives as unsafe.

Enter 4 Paws.  A new and exciting chapter unfolded when  4 Paws for Ability gave Bekah her service dog Grizwald. That act gave her the chance to securely interact with her world by providing her with more independence and quality of life experiences. This interaction is key toward helping Bekah move closer to real communication. In July of 2015 Griz retired and we took Bekah for placement of her second dog Bilbo Baggins. 

Right now our family is on a fixed income. As Bekah has grown older her needs have increase as our income has decreased. We try to give back. Griz volunteers at INOVA Hospital and we also coach parents of special needs children as advocates. We do this to pay it forward. 

If anyone is interested in helping us provide therapies that are not covered by our medical insurance, please send a donation in Bekah's name.

Or we can ship an original Bekah and Bilbo Painting done during Art Therapy.  



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