Dog Saves the Life of Girl With Rare Lung Condition -- Every Day (VIDEO)

alida knoblochAll I ever wanted growing up was a dog. All I ever got was a goldfish. So of course I made the solemn vow of all pet-deprived children: "As god is my witness, if I ever have kids I'm getting them a puppy!" Which I did. And my kids loooooove our dog and our dog looooooves my kids and it turns out I was on to something all those years ago: Kids Dogs = Happy.

In the case of 3-year-old Alida Knobloch, Kid Dog = The chance to lead a normal life. Alida was born with an extremely rare lung condition called neuroendocrine hyperplasia in infancy (NEHI) and needs to be hooked up to an oxygen tank 24/7. Which, as you can imagine, makes it kind of tough for Alida to run around and play like all the other kids.

Enter Mr. Gibbs, the goldendoodle puppy.

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Kind of like a seeing eye dog, Mr. Gibbs has been trained to wear Alida's oxygen tanks on his back (he wears a special vest) and follow her everywhere she goes. So Alida gets an incredibly loyal furry friend and the opportunity to experience a normal childhood -- or at least, a childhood not spent dragging heavy oxygen tanks around.

Alida's father says he wants his daughter to be as independent as possible, and I admire him for that. I can't imagine how scary it is to have a child with a condition like NEHI.

But I imagine it's a little less scary for Alida since Mr. Gibbs came along.

Do you think it's good for kids to have a pet? Does your family have one (or more)?

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