Alex White has spent the past year waiting for his dog to come home. Alex, an 11-year-old boy from Topeka, Kansas, suffers from hereditary spastic paraplegia, a genetic disorder that causes progressive weakness in the lower limbs. For several years of his young life, he relied on Hope, his service dog, until she was hit by a car last March. So Alex has spent the past year waiting for his dog to come home -- and now he doesn't have to wait any longer.
Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Saige Halseth, one of Alex's elementary school classmates, the boy's community was able to gather $33,000 to get him a new service dog. "He's just my friend," Saige said in an interview last March. "I wanted to help him because I know he would need [a dog] for the future."
Although Saige and the Topeka community were able to fund Alex's new service dog rather quickly, it took several months to match him with a dog who would fit his personality. Finally, with the help of Kansas Speciality Dog Service, Alex has found his dog: Redondo, a golden retriever.