Thanks to her community fundraising, this little girl was able to get her medical alert dog, which cost around $ 20,000 but was urgently needed to help warn of her seizures and prevent damage.
We all know that dogs will always be man’s best friend and that they will be faithful to you regardless of what happens. While most do this out of instinct or out of love, there are many others who are actually trained for different purposes such as being companion pets, seeing eye dogs or even alerting diseases.
This last case is that of Bear, a Labrador from the United States who has finally reached the arms of a seven-year-old girl who needed his services: She suffers from epilepsy and the puppy can detect her seizures to alert adults.
But of course, getting the beautiful dog was not an easy task for Addi Lewis and her family. All due to the high cost of having one of these animals to be “medical alert . ” In total they had to raise $ 20,000 to get Bear.
However, thanks to generous donations from her neighbors in Bristol, USA, who raised approximately $ 10,000 , in addition to a $ 2,500 grant and a $ 15,000 grant from Eyes, Ears, Nose and Paws, Addi exceeded her objective.
With a happy ending, this week little Addi was finally able to meet her new partner. While the original plan was to call him Tinkerbell, that quickly changed after seeing how big and cuddly his new guardian was, so he called him Bear (bear in Spanish) without hesitation.
Addi’s family is beyond grateful for the incredible show of support: “Our people, even before we asked for one, came to us. And we can never, never can pay them for it, ” said Beth Lewis, Addi’s mother.
Bear will ultimately be very useful to Addi because, by warning about her seizures, she can save the life of both the little girl and other people with epilepsy. “There are so many risks with patients with seizures, any type of epilepsy, falls, and it could do them more harm than the seizure itself did ,” Beth said.