Baxter the black lab is Ali Saber's lifeline - alerting her when her blood sugar dips dangerously low - and now, thanks to generous donations, he will soon begin cancer treatments.

Saber and Baxter have been together for ten years. When Saber 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.

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. So she took the story public and donations began coming in.

The response has been great and is very heart warming, veterinarian Lisa Parshley said Wednesday.

Parshley said enough money has been raised to provide therapy for the next 6 months.

It is hard to know before starting how Baxter will respond to therapy and how long he might need to be on therapy. If he responds he has a chance at several years, she said.

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.

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