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Peanut-sniffing dog is allergic girl’s best friend

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Eight-year-old Riley Mers still has a scar on her foot from a time when a peanut shell slipped into her sandal at the park, burning her skin like an acid. She’s gone into hives and struggled to breathe from inhaling peanut residue too faint to smell. In her short life she’s learned enough about emergency rooms to know she doesn’t like the “dresses” they make her wear.

But the Monument child with the dangerous food allergy now has a new ally that might restore some sense of normalcy to her life: a Portuguese water dog named Rock’O. The dog has been trained to detect the presence of peanuts before she can, potentially saving Riley’s life while allowing her to get out in public. Until now, every encounter with strangers or even friends has been a rare and nerve-racking experience.

That’s meant a life where going to a friend’s house requires an extensive sweep of the home and a crash course for the parents. She attends a few classes at Kilmer Elementary School, in Lewis-Palmer School District 38, but gets most of her education online. The school does not serve peanut butter, but a child bringing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to school could create a danger for Riley.

“It’s just so life-changing you wouldn’t believe it,” she said, calling the black, curly haired dog her “guardian angel.”

You’ve got to read the rest of this interesting story:  Peanut-sniffing dog is allergic girl’s best friend


Written by allpositivenews

02/17/2009 at 10:50 pm

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  1. That poor little girl. Wow


    02/18/2009 at 7:53 am

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