Within 24 hours of the Mountain Democrat’s article about Hailey Huntington’s need for a service dog, the $5,700 needed to pay for the dog was raised — through the efforts of an incredibly generous community and two special donors who wish to remain anonymous.
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“I’m just overwhelmed,” said Alexa Fila, Hailey’s mother. “Now we can tell Pawsitive Service Dog Solutions to choose the dog for advanced training.” Advanced training in this case teaches an already trained Labrador retriever service dog to scent on Hailey, to monitor her for impending seizures and to be able to track her if she should leave her home.
Hailey Huntington, 17, suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a very rare form of epilepsy which has prevented her from having a normal life and limited her development. The service dog will allow her and her mother to live more independently and have a companion. It will also help Fila to keep Hailey safe when out away from their home.
“I don’t know if there is a bigger word for ‘thank you’, so I’ll have to just say ‘thank you’, said Fila.