Friday, November 06, 2009

Boy brings peanut dog to school

OAK HARBOR, Wash. - All Judie Gonzalez wanted in life was a chance for her son Logan to go to school like other children. With a little help from a special friend, her dream is now coming true.

"It means a little guardian angel is looking over Logan, giving him a helping hand," said Gonzalez. That guardian angel is a 1-year-old labradoodle named Roxie.

"She's gonna check our classroom and see if there are peanuts," said 7-year-old Logan.

Today he brought Roxie to his 2nd grade class at Crescent Harbor Elementary. Roxie has the skills to find even minute traces of peanuts. Logan is severely allergic. Last year he was hospitalized 10 times.

"Just breathing on him in the morning if you've eaten peanuts that could send him into shock," said his mother.
Roxie was trained for six months in Colorado by experts who trained bomb-sniffing dogs at the Pentagon. The community of Oak Harbor raised more than $12,000 to bring her here.

"Logan's a great kid. It would be a shame to not be a part of the classroom, so we'll do whatever we need to do to make sure he can be here," said Logan's teacher Bobbie Cane.

Some kids have even decided to swear off peanut butter all together.

"When these people have peanut butter, I say please get away," said Logan's best friend David. For now Roxie only spends the morning in school with Logan. The hope is by next school year, she will be trained to spend all day with him, wherever he goes.

By Tonya Mosley/KING 5 News

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