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.