DAVIS, CA - Just when luck and funding seemed ready to run out, people keep stepping up to save Haley, the service dog, who guards a disabled Reno woman.
The 7-year-old Papillon is Adrienne Barlow's constant companion, but she's also what keeps her master safe. Adrienne suffers from a neurological disorder which can bring on seizures. She can't anticipate them, but Haley can and is trained to warn her.
For the past two weeks, however, it's been Haley's health which has been the principal concern. She's been running a fever and losing control of her legs.
Worst of all, Adrienne could find no help or answers in Reno. Living on a monthly disability benefit, she could not afford the tests to determine Haley's illness.
Viewers responding to our stories made it possible to get Haley to the famed veterinary hospital at the University of California at Davis where she has been undergoing a battery of tests which hopefully will lead to treatment, saving her life and returning her to her service duties.
Today there was one last questioned to be answered. Was the little dog's heart strong enough to face the treatment that may be ahead? A "Funds for Haley" account set up at Wells Fargo was pretty much maxed out.
One of the doctors treating Haley stepped forward and added his own generous donation. Haley will get the electrocardiogram she needs to proceed to treatment.
Of course, the bills won't stop there and everything depends on that answer, but if all goes well this story could yet have a happy ending.
Adrienne Barlow says the outpouring of support has renewed her faith in people. More may be needed.
Donations to the "Funds for Haley" account can be made at any Wells Fargo branch nationwide.