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Roxie the peanut dog is coming soon

Logan’s new peanut-dog “Roxy” with her trainer in Denver, Colorado.  - Photo submitted by Judie Gonzales
Logan’s new peanut-dog “Roxy” with her trainer in Denver, Colorado.
— image credit: Photo submitted by Judie Gonzales

Although 7-year-old Logan Gonzales must live with a life-threatening allergy, his family has gained enough donations to buy a special dog to keep him safe.

Logan is allergic to peanuts, and exposure to small traces of peanut in raw, cooked, oil or butter form could cause severe reactions, even anaphylactic shock.

He was hospitalized several times during his school days at Crescent Harbor Elementary.

Since May, Logan’s family has accepted donations for a “peanut dog” through events and fundraisers, such as car washes and charity dinners.

“It happened sooner for Logan than we expected,” his mother Judie Gonzales said.

The peanut-sniffing dog will join Logan at school Oct. 24, and it can detect microscopic amounts of peanuts. Logan named her Roxy.

The family will fly out to a training for the dog on Oct. 11.

The Gonzales family still needs help affording the travel costs and the cost of a dog run for their backyard. The dog can’t socialize with the other pets and needs to be kept separated.

They will hold a benefit dinner Friday, Oct. 2, at China Harbor Restaurant in Oak Harbor, which is Logan’s favorite eatery. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and will cost $18 per person for the food and dessert. Call 679-1557 for reservations.

Contributions can also be made to “Logan’s Peanut Dog Fund” at Whidbey Island Bank.

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