For an eleven year old girl named Gabby, life has change quite drastically. The young girl lost nearly all of her vision very quickly due to a genetic eye condition and has struggled to adjust to her new life. It seemingly happened in one day, when she was playing outside on the Fourth of July. One moment she could see, the next she was almost completely blind. Sadly, this disease is a genetic condition that runs in the family and Gabby is the youngest member to be affected by it. As a young girl who loves sports like soccer, it has been difficult to transition to reading braille and learning to walk with a cane. Doctors suggested to Gabby’s mother Lisa that the family think about adopting a guide dog.
That’s where Hannah, a one year old Saint Bernard comes in. Hannah was up for adoption with the With Love for the Animals group and she and Gabby immediately hit it off. Her mom says Gabby immediately bonded with the dog and vice versa; it was like the two were meant to be together. Hannah the dog settled right into her new home, never leaving Gabby’s side and even being able to tell when she is becoming dizzy. It became clear that Hannah was a perfect candidate to become Gabby’s new service dog. So, Lisa got in touch with a trainer who can teach Hannah how to offer support and guidance to Gabby.
However, training at dog is quite an expensive venture. While the trainer is offering a discount to the family, they still need to raise $7,000 for the dog to complete the training. They have set up a GoFundMe campaign to cover the cost: https://www.gofundme.com/help-gabby-train-her-service-dog In the meantime, Gabby has undergone surgeries to help her as she transitions to her blindness. A trained service dog will provide her the help and companionship she and her family need in.