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Young Girl with Rare Disease Gets Service Dog | Care2 Causes

Young Girl with Rare Disease Gets Service Dog | Care2 Causes

Diagnosed at the age of eight months with neuroendocrine cell hyperplasia of infancy (NEHI ) — a disease so rare only 500 U.S. cases are known — little Alida Knobloch became tethered to an oxygen tank for her survival. Now at 3 years old her parents Aaron and Debbie decided to help Alida by getting a service dog to carry her oxygen. Service animals are more and more common but Alida’s goldendoodle , Mr. Gibbs, ( a Golden retriever/Poodle mix) required extra-special training, since his task was particularly challenging. Carrying two 3-pound oxygen tanks is not ordinary for a service dog. Alida’s age was an additional issue. Most trainers will not train an animal to work with a child under the age of 5-7. Watching a video of the family on the Today show indicates why. As with most 3-year-olds, Alida’s speech is not that easily understood by a dog. Even so, Aaron decided to s...

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