Alyssa Sutton

If You Go

What: Fundraising bazaar

Where: Riveria Activity Center, 2609 Second St., La Grande

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Of note: Pictures with Santa will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. taken by Through the Looking Glass Photography. The photos cost $4 each.

Two-year-old Archer Williams’ parents gave him an Australian-Shepherd and Border Collie mix puppy a little over a month ago.

But the puppy, whom Archer and his two siblings named Rocket, is no ordinary dog. Even though Rocket is only three months old, he has already started training to become a service dog for Archer.

Archer, son of Jenni and Jordan Williams, was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was only four months old, and his parents were told he would never grow out of the seizure-causing condition.

“As a mama bear, I’m worried about him,” Jenni said. “I want to make sure if he has a seizure, he has his dog to help him through it.”

During a seizure, a person exhibits abnormal behavior and experiences symptoms and sensations, sometimes including loss of consciousness, according to the Epilepsy Foundation website.

The training for Rocket will cost the Williams family $500, which will be a financial stretch for a one-income family.

“I’m a stay at home mom and a full-time student,” Jenni said.

Between the multiple trips to St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center and steroid treatment and medications for Archer plus the purchase of Rocket, expenses are already high for the Williams family.

But help has come thanks to La Grande resident Heather Torres.

See complete story in Wednesday's Observer