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Hailey Jensen was united with trained service dog Rey through Make-A-Wish and Banfield Pet Hospital.

TIMES PHOTO: MANDY FEDER-SAWYER - Hailey Jensen spends some time with her new service dog Rey's veterinarian Kristi Pierce on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Banfield Pet Hospital also gave Hailey her own lab coat.A little girl with a neurodevelopmental disorder got the best night's sleep she's had in a long time because of a new canine companion, according to her father.

On Wednesday, Sept. 27, Make-A-Wish Oregon teamed up with Banfield Pet Hospital in Beaverton to fulfill the wish of Hailey Jensen, 8, whose wish was to have a service dog.

Make-A-Wish Oregon granted that wish with a Goldendoodle named Rey.

Banfield Pet Hospital rolled out the red carpet for Hailey and Rey at its Progress Ridge Banfield hospital. Hailey and Rey were greeted with flowers, toys, dog treats and books.

As part of the wish, Banfield gifted Rey a plan that includes the preventive care she needs to be ready to assist and love Hailey, including unlimited office visits, routine vaccines and de-worming. Her veterinarian Kristi Pierce, chief of staff at the Progress Ridge animal hospital, spoke about the important role pets can play in health and happiness.

Hailey suffers from a condition called Rett syndrome. As a trained service dog, Rey will make a huge difference in Hailey's quality of life by helping her become more independent and being a source of comfort, her father said.

"Hailey requires 24-hour care. She has (gastrointestinal) problems and sleep issues. She wakes up about every hour, every night," said Louis Jensen. "It's a blessing, for sure, to have Rey for the whole family. Now help is just a bark away."

He explained that Rey now sleeps with Hailey and the addition to their home will allow them to do more "normal family things."

Make-A-Wish volunteer Wendy Gutmann, Hailey's "wish-granter," made it possible for Rey to be trained by Tina Rivero especially for Hailey.

Rey was united with the Jensen family on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

"Hailey is so excited," her father said. "She's bonding with Rey already."

Hailey is an only child, and her parents think Rey will help fill the void of not having siblings.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the "wishes" of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The Oregon chapter is one of 62 Make-A-Wish chapters in the United States.

By Mandy Feder-Sawyer
Reporter, Beaverton Valley Times
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