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Teen who survives rare brain disease finding freedom and hope with service dog

Dogart_thumb By Ellen | October 13, 2012 | Comments (5)

Isabelle is 19 and a very rare survivor of a fatal brain disease. But there have been long term effects including seizures and severe depression. Isabelle could not see a future for herself...until Max came into her life. Max is training to be her service dog and is connecting her to life and giving her new hope. 

Isabelle with her new service dog Max



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Amazing story. I hope Isabella's life becomes worth while for her. I know how it feels to have your day limited to sleeping, eating, medicating, and sleeping. It doesn't take long for you to wonder why you are taking up space and resources that could best be used to improve the lives of others who have a real chance at life.
Isabella, Congratulations on your progress. Max is a beautiful and very special dog, but I'm certain I don't need to tell you that. I have always had a particular fondness for German Shepherd Dog's but especially for White ones. I'm not sure why, but they seem to possess a certain intuitiveness of their companions and that extends into that special unconditional love as well. Good luck with your therapy and please, give Max a hug and a smooch for me.
Dogs can be tireless in their commitment to their families. They will warn of danger, stick by you when your sick, and defend you with their lives. Isabelle if your looking for a miracle, look no further than the mirror. You are the Miracle. I wish you and Max every happiness.
I teared up. Oh my goodness. That dog is beautiful and I'm so happy Isabella is making progress. Animals have a unique sense of empathy. They know exactly what to do in order to make your life easier and happier. This makes me miss my labradoodle, Lillie.
Dear Isabella, I was so moved by your story and your love for Max and visa versa. I appreciate how very important he is to you and you are to him. I have always had very special dogs in my life and now that I am retired, I have Willow. She makes my day every day!!! I am wishing you all the very best and give Max a huge hug for me...
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