Murray Craft has been training dogs for about 40 years. He said he has always loved dogs and has been around them his entire life. When his ten-month-old son started having seizures he got the idea to start training service dogs.
“At some point during that or-deal, one of the medical people, I think it was a nurse practitioner asked if we could train dogs to help some of their clients. And I said sure find out what they need to do, I'd be happy to,” Craft said.
Craft has trained dozens of service dogs through Crafty K-9 and placed them with families. Recently Craft had the opportunity to train a service dog for five-year-old Gage Hoover.
Gage was diagnosed with autism at three-years-old.
“I began noticing things with him, right about the 18 month period, ” mother Faith Hoover said.
Gage is susceptible to having seizures at night, but with the help of his dog, Bella, Faith doesn't have to worry. Bella is trained to alert Hoover if anything were to happen to Gage.
“Family wise, you know it's, she's been good for all of us, all of us. And one of the major, another major thing is the house has been peaceful, like if I could give you one word it has been calm,” Faith said.
Faith says she trusts Bella with Gage and will let him walk her alone. This trust is very import because Gage is prone to wandering off. She says Bella has been very therapeutic for Gage and she has already noticed a difference in his behavior.
Not only does Bella watch closely over Gage, but she also looks out for all of Faith's five children. Faith currently has a GoFundMe account, to help pay for Bella.