Eleven-year-old Bella Burton from Woburn, Mass., suffers from Morquio Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that leads to organ damage, abnormal bone development and dwarfism. The disease makes it difficult for the young girl to walk, but with the help of her two-year-old service dog named George, Bella’s days are made a bit easier.
George is not your regular service dog. He is no Golden Retriever, but a Great Dane, and thanks to his large size, Bella is able to walk with a lot more ease.
The young girl was diagnosed with the debilitating disease at the age of two. Her mobility has always been aided by either crutches or a wheelchair, but since George came to her life this past January, Bella gained her independence.
“He helps me a lot,” Bella told ABC news. “I lean on him like a crutch.”
The two are inseparable. George walks Bella to class, they play together, he goes on vacation with her, and at night they sleep in the same bed. Since they met at the Service Dog Project in Ipswich, their strong bond was instant.
George is not only Bella’s service dog, he is her best friend.