To those who'd tried so long to make Adam better, it suddenly made sense. All the time and attention they'd devoted to trying to care for him had actually been making him sick. But now that they know what is wrong, they have a better idea of how to treat him.
Adam will soon start treatment with blood serum created just for him which will hopefully help his body build up a tolerance to the human dander allergy. Both Herman and her vet are optimistic that he'll get better - better enough to live a normal life with a family that loves him as much as they do.
"We just want to make him comfortable, so he doesn't have to live in a cone. Once we get there, God willing, we'll find him a home," says Herman, noting that Adam seems as eager to get well despite all the challenges.
"As long as he wants to keep going at it, we'll keep going at it with him. He's just too sweet and funny... He's a special little dog."