The Durval family is heartbroken as they mourn the loss of their daughter’s service dog, Pete, and their son’s lifelong companion, Willie. Both dogs were tragically hit and killed by a car on Valentine’s Day. They found both dogs lying in the street with a policeman already at the scene. Willie died upon impact, and Pete died within minutes of arriving at a veterinary hospital.
Their daughter, Harper Grace, suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a rare and catastrophic form of intractable epilepsy that begins in infancy. Harper’s medical condition requires her to have constant supervision. Pete, Harper’s golden labradoodle service dog, was trained specifically to meet Harper’s needs and could detect her seizures. She picked him as a puppy and named him “Pete.” After a year of hard work and receiving donations amounting to nearly $13,000, Pete just joined the family as Harper's service dog in November 2018.
In an effort to raise money for a new service dog, Harper’s grandmother started this gofundme and contacted WAPT. Click here to see the news story.