Heather Solansky’s service ‘puppy’ on the job
by Kenda Nelson
May 20, 2012 | 2110 views | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Heather Belle Solansky recently was able to obtain a service dog to assist with her type 1 childhood diabetes. The brown Lab costs $18,000, so Heather’s family and friends along with businesses have partnered to hold a teen dance Saturday from 8 to midnight at the VFW Post 6290.
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Heather Belle Solansky recently obtained the service dog she has long awaited — a small, brown Labrador pup named Max with energy to match the 8-year-old’s.

The two are bonding and working together so Heather hopes the pup will be ready to accompany her to school in the fall.

This Saturday night, Wilkinson Chevrolet, Southern Hospitality Events and Envy Boutique will partner with a teen dance fundraiser to help pay for the $18,000 puppy.

Tuesday at lunch, Heather’s parents, Larry and Amber Solansky, showed the Lions Club Heather’s new friend that has already begun to make her life better by detecting high and low blood sugar amounts in her blood.

Unlike all the gadgets and instruments required to keep Heather’s type 1 childhood diabetes in check, Max has many benefits.

“Max doesn’t take batteries and he sleeps with her in bed,” Amber said.

He has already awakened them by alerting them at night when he detects a problem with Heather’s blood sugar count.

“Max is awesome,” Amber said.

Strutting around, he resembles any other playful puppy, with his booties and vest the only sign that he may be different.

Next summer, the local Lions Club will sponsor Heather at their summer camp where Heather learned she’s isn’t the only kid in the world to have to go through daily sticks and dietary restrictions.

“He can detect the smell in her breath – when her sugar is high, it smells fruity,” Amber said. “When it’s low, it smells like nail polish remover, like acetone.”

Many items have been donated for a silent auction – from a night hog-hunting trip to fishing trips to jewelry and other things.

D.J. Gino, of Hot Z-95, will be on hand to keep the dancing going.

Heather hopes many kids will come out and join the party from 8 p.m. to midnight at the VFW. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.