The world is full of good-hearted people. No matter how corrupt the Earth may seem, one good heart is enough to influence kindness upon others. This 10-year-old boy, proved that material attachment is nowhere near the love a dog can bring. In return, he went and proved his love to the dog by selling all of his toys for the purpose of obtaining a sum of money for his service dog’s treatment.
Connor is suffering from anxiety, PTSD and chronic headache disorder. Copper the dog has been his service dog and a shoulder to rely on for comfort. Connor was also diagnosed with nocturnal seizures because of Copper’s keen and careful watch over the boy.
It was on December of 2017 that Copper has been diagnosed with a developing limp, later on, it was discovered as Wobbler’s disease. It is a disease generally found in large dogs such as Copper as he is a Doberman. It is a condition wherein nerve roots and/or spinal cord is compressed that leads to neck pain and exposure to neurological diseases. One thing that characterizes this disease is the wobbly kind of walk a dog does.
Upon knowing that treating and caring for a dog with Wobbler’s disease was expensive, Connor held nothing back and immediately looked towards the opportunity of hosting a garage sale. With his toys as items to be sold. Aside from this humongous effort, he also made a lemonade stand and other treats as an income generating project to pay back for his friend’s treatment.
Jennifer, Connor’s mom said that he had gone out and made sure that he cleaned the whole playroom just because he wanted to. Connor is just that kind of kid.
A couple of years ago, Connor’s mom awakens on Copper’s loud barking. Sensing that something terrible might be happening since the dog was just outside Connors room. If it wasn’t for Copper’s attention to Connor, they wouldn’t have known that the boy was having his episode of nocturnal seizure.
Connor’s mom had also said that during the studies or reports that were done, nothing really showed. After all, seizures that happen at night are really the most difficult to diagnose. When the seizures happened again right after a few weeks, Jennifer was able to record it on her camera and she showed the footage to their neurologist. That way, Connor would be able to get the right diagnosis and the right medicines.
During anxiety attacks that the boy would experience, Copper would use his body similar to a weighted blanket by lying on top of Conner.
Jennifer also mentioned that Connor is now able to manage his seizures better this time. It is with thanks to their pet who she calls their protector as well as their very faithful friend and companion.
The good news is, since Cooper’s family initiated a campaign on GoFundMe for Cooper’s treatment, it raised up to $18,000. It only takes a ripple to start a wave. When people saw how dedicated Connor was to save the companion that also saved him, people are quick to aid as well. With the amount collected, we can say that Copper and Connor’s friendship wait for an adventure that has a long way to go.