SEATTLE -- A Lewis County woman is hoping someone can help her save her best friend. Baxter has gotten Ali Saber through some of the toughest times in her life and now she's hoping to return the favor.
Saber and her black labrador retriever have been together for 10 years. They are much more than dog and owner. She is a Type 2 diabetic and he is her lifeline.
"He's probably saved my life, easily, easily 12 times," said Saber.
When the 63-year-old is sleeping and her blood sugar dips dangerously low, Baxter can smell it on her breath and nudges her awake so she can check her blood sugar.
"I don't even bother setting the alarm anymore, because I knew if he woke me up, that's what it was," Saber said. "It was automatic."
He's helped her through her brother's death and her father's Alzheimer's disease.
Now it's her turn to return the favor.
"About two and a half months ago, I noticed a lump on his side," she said. "Sure enough the report came back and it's cancer."
Saber borrowed the money to have the tumor removed. But Baxter still needs injections and medication she can't afford.
According to her veterinarian, the treatment is $2,000-to-$3,000. With it, Baxter could have another three years. Without it, a few months.
By taking their story public, Saber is hoping someone will step forward and help.
Anyone interested in making a donation can do so through the Paws Against Cancer charity or contact Dr. Tom Allen at Olympia Veterinary Cancer Center at (360) 339-3596.