9-Year-Old Boy With Diabetes Saves Pennies For Four Years To Buy Himself A Service Dog

9-year-old Aiden Heath was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes four years ago. He heard about special service dogs trained to monitor blood glucose levels in their humans, and wanted one immediately.


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But there was a problem — one service dog costs a whopping $15,000.

So Aiden started saving every single cent that came his way and, after an incredible effort over four years, he had saved up $9,000.


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He was still a little short but, when news broke of his super-saving and his desperate need for a pup to help him, donations came pouring in and brought his total to $20,000 in just one night.

Aiden and his mom put down a payment on a puppy being specially trained just for him, a gorgeous chocolate lab named Angel.

And now they’re learning to communicate together, hanging out, and having lots and lots of cuddles with Angel’s trainer.


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Aiden’s mom says he’s “over the moon” and that the family were “absolutely humbled” by all the support they received.

We hope these two enjoy a long, happy friendship — and we’re so glad Aiden was able to realize his dream.


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