Special gift truly making difference for Riverton Elementary School student

Mar 5, 2018, 11:03 AM | Updated: Mar 6, 2018, 2:00 pm

RIVERTON — A Riverton girl has a new four-legged furry friend keeping her company.

His name is, “Mr. Blue.” He’s a pure bread English Cream Golden Retriever puppy.  At just 10 weeks old, he’s ready to bond and become a member of the Smith family.

Mr. Blue was a gift from Tammy Hansen, who breeds and raises AKC purebreds. She and the dog met with six different families in recent weeks trying to determine which one Mr. Blue would bond with the best. 

Hansen said it was an easy decision.

“Kemry has bad seizures, constantly. And by the time we had left after that hour and a half the seizures had stopped,” Hansen said.

During a special assembly at the school Friday, Hansen made the announcement that Kemry and her family would be taking Mr. Blue home.

There were smiles all around on Kemry’s face and members of her family. Mr. Blue took it all in stride.

“It’s a great opportunity and a great thing that her family is doing for Kemry and for us,” said Kemry’s mom, Natallie Smith.

Unconditional love and emotional support, that’s what Mr. Blue will now provide for Kemry.

Smith said, “And now to have a special friend for Kemry so she doesn’t have to just sit there and watch other people, it’s just really cool.”

Kemry had a huge smile on her face when her mom told her Mr. Blue was all hers, that she could take him home, and he could sleep on her bed.”

Hansen also raised enough money from donors to buy a kennel, food and vet care to help the family out.

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