Bella Burton was just 2 years old when she was diagnosed with Morquio syndrome. After failing to keep up with the growth curve, genetic testing revealed the toddler had the syndrome that would affect the development of her bones and her growth.
Bella had been using crutches or a wheelchair to get around, but according to TODAY her parents felt that the crutches weren’t encouraging her to use her legs enough, as she would rely mostly on her upper body strength. It was 2 years ago that the Burton family took Bella to the Service Dog Project in Ipswich, Massachusetts where she met George, who is now her constant companion.
The Service Dog Project trains Great Danes to help people who have mobility issues, and while they typically place the dogs with adults, they knew Bella was ready for her own service dog immediately.
“Once we saw Bella being around those dogs, how she was always in such a great mood and she loved going there, we thought, ‘What are we waiting for?'” Burton recalled.
“When she was visiting George and he didn’t want her to leave his kennel, they were like, let’s try them.”