When one North Carolina little girl was just two-years-old, doctors discovered she had juvenile rheumatoid idiopathic arthritis, and since then her mom has tried to do everything to ensure she has the best quality of life as possible.
“She never crawled. She would just scoot on her butt everywhere,” mom Amanda Andrews said about her now 5-year-old daughter named Kayleigh. “We thought it was cute until her knees started getting really swollen and then she just quit walking.” To help Kayleigh stay mobile and live a normal life, Amanda gives her injections of different medicines once a week, but they soon realized the medicine wasn’t going to be enough.
Amanda did some researching and discovered that a service dog could help Kayleigh keep her balance and pick things up when they fall, and started a GoFundMe since they couldn’t afford the high cost of a service dog on their own. Yet soon after, Amanda got a call from local breeder Michelle Stump, who heard about Kayleigh online and wanted to donate a puppy to be trained as a service dog.
“We have about four litters a year, and I donate one puppy per litter,” Stump said. “It’s probably one of the highlights of all the breeding.” Recently, Stump drove the golden doodle puppy named Bayley all the way from Pennsylvania and when Kayleigh met the puppy for the first time, they instantly bonded. “They just become like one and they’re inseparable, and that’s what really needs to happen in successful service dog relationships,” Stump said. “They actually become one, they really do.”
Watch the entire video below to see how one stranger’s generous gift has transformed this little girl’s life.
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[Featured image: Facebook/Amanda House Andrews]