This recipient story requires two introductions because you will not find one without the other.

Everyone, meet Skylar and Yaston. Sklyar is an incredibly strong thirteen-year-old who has suffered from an incurable mitochondrial disease since she was five years old. Yaston is her devoted service dog who has been by Skylar’s side for over four years now.

Mitochondrial disease is a chronic, genetic disorder that occurs when the mitochondria of the cell fail to produce enough energy for proper cell or organ function. It can cause loss of muscle weakness, pain, gastrointestinal issues, organ failure and more. For Skylar, she is often weak and in pain and the disease has also caused her small and large intestines to fail. For the past two years, she has gotten all of her nutrients through tubes connected to her small intestine. Countless tests, doctor visits, and hospitalizations have helped Skylar survive, but it is Yaston who helps her to endure.

The process is clearly no walk in the park and she is often confined to her home with her loyal companion. But, Yaston can do without walks in the park. All he needs is to be by Skylar’s side, whether it’s in her bedroom or on a hospital bed. He is always there to comfort her.

Recently, Skylar and Yaston have had to alternate their roles. Yaston has been experiencing severe kidney issues that have required multiple surgeries and still requires more. The added stress and fear of losing her best friend has worsened Skylar’s condition, but she is there for her furry hero as he has always been there for her.

Skylar’s family have endured so much to help Skylar survive and now they are fighting to do the same for Yaston. This is Love is going to help them fight.

By choosing LoveAbility over any other dating site, you enable us to Give Love to Skylar and Yaston. Our first donation is going to help save Yaston and, in turn, help him be there for his best friend, Skylar.

We thank you for being a part of LoveAbility and for helping us show the world love’s ability to save a service dog.

 

For more information on Mitochondrial Disease and how you can help, visit CureMito.org.

To learn more about the organization that trained Yaston and united him with Skylar, visit Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence.