Dynamic Duo Fighting Cancer

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Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 10:19am

Search dog and her handler are fighting the disease at the same time.

Vision is the star of the South West Panhandle Search and Rescue K-9 team, a cadaver dog used to find bodies.

"She's done a lot of recoveries around here, in this area," says Jennifer Morgan, Vision's owner.

The two have in cases like the much publicized Kaylee Anthony case in Orlando, Florida.

"She's had 14 recoveries," says Matt Burton, a member of the team. "That's 14 families that have gotten answers that didn't know they were going to come or not, and that's a huge effect on the community."

It was immediately after the recent search for Natalie DeBlase when Jennifer noticed a swelling around Vision's neck.

It turned out Vision has cancer.

It wasn't the diagnosis Jennifer wanted to hear, but one she had heard before.

Jennifer is living with cancer as well.

"Breast cancer," she explains. "And I have been going through treatments, I'm in radiation right now."

Vision is going through chemo, much like her owner.

Fortunately there is good news for both Jennifer and Vision.

With the treatments they're both receiving, chances are good for their recoveries.

Until then, Jennifer and Vision will find comfort and support in each other, a unique relationship that needs no words, just an occasional IV, and a scratch behind the ears.

"I owe it to her," says Jennifer, petting Vision lightly, "because she's given back to the community so much. She's worth it."
 

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