Shawn's Mandu Dog
In March of 2019, Meadowbrooke lost an important part of our family. Shawn Trostle, one of our founding members, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 46 from an enlarged heart. One of the last projects that he worked on was helping one of his favorite kids, Lorelei, create a gourd dog that resembled Mandu, her service dog. Lorelei was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which basically means she only has half her heart. Shawn understood Lorelei on a different level than the rest of us and he was able to help her make Mandu the way she wanted to make him. They had a very special and unique friendship.
Lorelei acquired Mandu through the Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD), an Assistance Dogs International accredited organization. Right now, SSD is in need of a better-equipped facility to meet the needs of the amazing animals it trains to become working dogs. In remembrance of Shawn’s last project, the Meadowbrooke Gourd family will be making up to 1,000 Mandu dog designs. We are going to help make sure that other people can live more independently and achieve their dreams with the assistance of a service dog by donating all the profits to Susquehanna Service Dogs which will help with the expansion of a kennel run dedicated to Shawn’s memory.
Your support will make that happen. Shawn’s legacy will always be a part of Meadowbrooke Gourds and now it will also be a part of an amazing facility that brings hope to so many people. To learn more about the story of this Shawn Mandu dog please read our blog “Shawn’s Mandu Dog”.
The Story of Shawn and Lorelei and their passion for animals is an inspiring one. Read about how this adorable dog design came to be.