Disability Grants To Help Bipolar Disabled William Revive Dog Training Business
by William Churchwell
(Anderson, Texas, USA)
My name is William Churchwell. I'm a 53-year-old, single male living in Anderson, Texas, USA.
I'm a professional dog trainer. I train dogs for police service, personal protection and detection work.
I moved to Anderson when my father gave me and my sisters inherited land. I live in a small, cramped travel trailer with my two little dogs Coco and Pip.
Being in the middle of nowhere provides less of an opportunity to be successful.
I have no transportation to get where I need to go and I have to depend on my mother, sister and aunt for any help I receive.
In all reality I should have a thriving dog business and be able to help my elderly mother, aunt, and sister instead of the reverse.
Being dependent on them instead of being self-sufficient is disheartening and I'm determined to reverse those roles.Disability Issues
My disability began at a young age. My mother and sister knew I had problems but did not know what they were.
I first found out I was bipolar when my sister went to nursing school, at about 35 years of age.
I have always had chronic insomnia and a severe phobia of blood draws. I received help at that time from the Burke Center in Livingston, Texas.
I was given Seroquel by my doctor instead of Lithium since Seroquel does not require blood to be drawn.
I had to move from the care I was getting at the Burke Center where they understood my phobia to Huntsville MHMR Tri-County, due to moving.
Everything went well for a while until they required my blood be drawn, which resulted in me not returning to their facility.
I have filed for Disability more times than I can remember. I was turned down every time. It's depressing when I think of it.
My health is deteriorating, partly because I'm unable to eat healthily. After contributing to the cost of food in the house, I can't afford any specialty groceries on my own. I have to eat whatever is available at my sister's house.
To start with I never know what my income might be, or if I will have one at all. My bills per month are as follows:
Dog food: $160
My car engine blew up so I have no gas bill at this time.
My sister pays my bills for me when I don't have any income. She's a single mother though with her own family to take care of, so she can't do this for me long term.
When I'm able to produce income, it all goes toward paying my bills.Income Efforts
I try to work but my options are limited due to no transportation.
I have worked construction and as a bricklayer, but due to where I live it is impossible to afford a taxi to and from work daily.
Coworkers have offered to take me to and from work, but they get tired of picking me up and bringing me home after a couple of weeks.
I've applied for SSI, but continue to get turned down.
I work for my dad to get a little money here and there when he finds something for me to do.
I've tried to revive my dog training on a professional basis, but have not been able to make a go of it due to lack of appropriate resources: transportation, staff, equipment, advertisement etc.Specific Needs
I try to work but my options are limited due to no transportation. Living in the middle of nowhere doesn't help.
If I could get a grant or other available financial assistance for my dog training business it would be the start I need to continue to be successful and self-sufficient.
Other needs include business office, larger house, front-end loader, chain saws, pole saw and dog equipment.Business Idea
I have already taken the knowledge I have acquired through the years I have spent working with other professional dog trainers and applied it to something I love doing -- training dogs.
I know without a doubt I can make a lot of money in this business if given the opportunity.
I have been handling, breeding and training personal protection, police service, detection, bird dogs and retrievers off and on for 30 plus years with other businesses.
I have managed to get a few kennels of my own for caring for and housing dogs, but what I really want to do is import, train, breed and sell.
Buying the right breed of dog for these types of training is expensive. Untrained dogs cost as much as $5,500, and more.
Trained, these dogs can sell for as much as $10,000 to $30,000 each depending on their level of training.