Local 10-year-old selling hog to help friend in need


LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A 10-year-old girl is selling her hog to help a friend in need.

Brandi Spaich’s friend is living with Type 1 diabetes and is in need of an alert dog, but, they can be very expensive.

So, Spaich and her friend Mr. Bacon are stepping in to raise the money.

It’s a story that reads like a Dr. Seuss children’s book.

“I have raised Mr. bacon from 74 pounds to 360 pounds,” said Spaich.

A hog, a dog, and two friends.

“How we met is through 4-H when I was in peewee’s. Her mom is the peewee leader,” said Spaich.

Like a good Dr. Seuss story, these two girls are joined to ward off a villain. In this case, that villain is Type 1 diabetes.

“I had honestly never heard of it. I was sick for about six months before. I had lost maybe 50 pounds. I had many, many infections,” said Maggilou Hughes who suffers from the disease.

Service dogs trained to alert owners when glucose levels become dangerously low are a known lifesaver for Type 1 diabetes. If left undetected, the disease can kill.

“Seizures, comas, kidney failure, blindness, and possibly death,” said Spaich.

To help pay for Jaspar, a diabetic alert dog, Spaich decided to donate money from the sale of Mr. Bacon.

A little girl’s love for her friend might just help save her life.

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