Aiden Heath of Waitsfield Vermont has a very special special story to recount, and story of a boy and his dog.
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Around 3 years old, maybe younger, it begins. You see a family out and about with their dribbling, panting basset hound, and then you think, I need one. I need a dog, a canine companion.
A dream for kids everywhere. And eight-year-old Aiden Heath is no exception. He has spent four years collecting all the loose change he could get his hands on. And all that determination paid off this week when he finally came face-to-muzzle with his very own service dog, Angel.
“Aiden looked at me and said, ‘This is a dream,'” his mother, Jenni Heath, told ABC News.
Aiden was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes four years ago. That was when he learned about service dogs trained to help monitor glucose levels in people.
“They can sense it 20 minutes to 30 minutes before the blood meter actually tells you that you’re low,” Jenni explained.
But service dogs are expensive, a single trained canine costs $15,000. Ever determined, Aiden’s mom told her son to save one penny at a time.
Image courtesy of Aiden’s Gofundme
In April, when Aiden was about $9,000 from his goal, news coverage of his story helped bring in donations from across the U.S., raising more than $20,000 almost overnight.