Generous people will help a local disabled veteran get his service dog a surgery the animal desperately needs.
John Peek of Vancouver has diabetes and he said his service dog Buddy has saved his life numerous times. He said Buddy can tell when his blood sugar gets too low at night and jumps on the bed to wake him up.
Buddy has two tumors that have continued to grow over the years. Peek said he's living on a small pension and couldn't afford the surgery.
An account was setup at the U.S. Bank in Hazel Dell and the donations poured in. A radio station also raised funds for Peek and Buddy.
Peek said Tuesday he received enough to cover Buddy's surgery, around $1,100.
Buddy is going in for the operation Friday morning at the Evergreen Animal Hospital in Vancouver.
Peek said Buddy is more than just a service dog to him and so many others. He said Buddy is very well-known around the Portland VA Medical Center.
"He means everything to me," Peek said. "If I lost him, I don't know what I'd do."
Copyright 2012 KPTV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Friday, April 18 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:05:06 GMT
Police said a lengthy multi-agency investigation led to a traffic stop and the discovery of methamphetamine hidden in a car, as well as a meth lab at a Salem home. Police said a 2002 Subaru Impreza drivenMore >
Police said a lengthy multi-agency investigation led to a traffic stop and the discovery of methamphetamine hidden in a car, as well as a meth lab at a Salem home.More >
Thursday, April 17 2014 3:07 PM EDT2014-04-17 19:07:53 GMT
Police have identified the man accused of shooting a Portland police officer and killing a K-9 in southwest Portland. The suspect, Paul Ropp, 20, has not yet been booked in the Multnomah County Jail.More >
Officer Jeff Dorn was shot twice in the legs and his K-9 partner Mick was killed as they pursued a burglary suspect in southwest Portland early Wednesday morning.More >
Saturday, April 19 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-04-19 21:52:46 GMT
A sudden lurch in a creeping landslide in the northwest Wyoming resort town of Jackson split a house in two and forced workers to abandon efforts to stabilize the hillside.More >
No one can say precisely when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it.More >
Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-04-17 02:51:53 GMT
A Portland police officer was wounded and his K-9 partner is missing following a shootout with a suspect in southwest Portland.The officer survived the shooting and he's in "very good spirits" while recoveringMore >
An officer was shot in the legs and his K-9 partner was killed during a confrontation with a burglary suspect in Portland. More >
Friday, April 18 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-04-19 00:20:57 GMT
A Tigard woman found guilty of murder for the death of her 4-year-old son was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years. A jury found Jessica Dutro-Boggess, 25, guiltyMore >
A jury found Jessica Dutro-Boggess, 25, guilty on charges of murder, murder by abuse and assault earlier this month.More >