When I was a kid, my parents used to make me save up for the things that I wanted – that new doll, or when I got older, those cool but ridiculously expensive sneakers. But 8-year-old Aiden Heath from Waitsfield, Vermont has been saving his pennies for four years to buy something much more important – a dog.
Aiden didn’t save over $6,000 for just any dog, though: he was saving for a dog that could help with his type 1 diabetes by monitoring glucose levels. Such dogs can actually detect low levels in people with the disease about 20-30 minutes before a blood test does, which would be super helpful for Aiden, particularly at school and at night. So Aiden saved his money, and after news coverage aired in April about Aiden and “Brinks,” the red wagon he used to collect his coins, donations pushed Aiden’s savings over $20,000. He was then able to put a down-payment down on Angel, a chocolate lab. Aiden and his mom, Jenni, were able to watch Angel’s training since then via videos and pictures.
But then yesterday, the day came: Aiden and his Angel met, and it was glorious.
I’m not crying… I just have something in my eye. Actually, screw it – I am crying and if you aren’t at least getting the feels from watching that little boy and his dog, you’re dead inside. There’s nothing that gets to me more than a story about a boy and his dog. .
[via ABC News]