8-Year-Old Saves Pennies for 4 Years to Get $15,000 Service Dog
She’s worth every penny.
On Monday, Aiden Heath’s new service dog, which he purchased in part by saving pennies for four years, arrived at his home in Waitsfield, Vermont, from Nevada. The $15,000 chocolate Lab named Angel is specially trained to monitor the 8-year-old diabetic’s glucose levels.
According to ABC News, who reported the story, when Heath was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes four years ago, and later learned of dogs that monitor glucose, he decided he wanted a service pup of his own. His mother Jenni Heath suggested he start saving, so Aiden begun collecting pennies, storing them in a wagon. Several years later, the wagon held about $6,000 in change.
“Everything he got for his allowance, his birthday, Christmas, all went into his dog fund,” his mother told The Valley Reporter, a local newspaper who shared the boy’s story in March.
A GoFundMe page was set up to help Aiden get closer to his goal. Now, over $22,000 has been raised, by friends, strangers and beyond.
“Our dog Spike wants to help,” wrote one $20 donator. “God bless.”
The beautiful pup, who is still learning with help from trainers, arrived at Aiden’s home this week. Mom Jenni tells ABC News that the boy is in disbelief over what he called “a dream.”
“Aiden is over the moon,” she said. “He was on pins and needles waiting for her.”