SPOKANE, Wash. - The community has answered a Green Acres family's plea for help to make life better for their six-year-old daughter.
Clara Peterson has a liver disease that doctors are trying to diagnose. One of the symptoms is that her skin is itchy all the time. It makes it hard for her to sleep and do other things most kids get to enjoy.
Her medication isn't working as well as it used to, so her parents starting looking at new ways to help her. They found out about Dogology Northwest and the business agreed to let their service dog Chester stay with the Petersons.
Clara's mom, Natalie Peterson, called Chester a miracle. He's trained to calm Clara down and helps keep her from scratching her skin.
"It's night and day. She's a completely different child," Natalie Peterson said. "He will put his head on her chest, her arms, her legs, wherever, and she'll calm down."
The Petersons had to come up with $15,000 if they wanted to keep Chester. After the story aired with KXLY, they hit the halfway point for donations.
K9s Healing Hearts agreed to cover the rest of the cost, according to Dogology Northwest Director Mary Davies. It's a new non-profit in the Spokane area that wants to create a legacy of helping people, like Clara, pay for the service dogs they need. Davies said this is the organization's first dog they've sponsored.
Natalie Peterson said she's so grateful for the love and support from friends, family, community members, and the non-profit.
"Thank you from our whole family. He is going to be such a huge help. He already is and we are just so grateful," Natalie Peterson said.
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