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Keeping Dixie by her side

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POSTED: Friday, March 14, 2014 - 9:50pm

UPDATED: Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 6:00pm

On a cloudy Friday, in a parking lot, beside Highway 79 in Henderson, a group of people gathered for a few simple reasons, to sell hamburgers, and raise money for Mindi Martin and and her service dog Dixie.

"You can buy a burger anywhere, but they came to support Mindi Martin and her family, and to show their community support," said Steven Pine with Woodmen of the World.

As time has gone by, Mindi Martin's diabetic condition has become more severe.

"Over the past couple of years I've lost the ability to detect myself, when my blood sugar is dangerously high or low, and I began to lose consciousness several times a week," said Martin.

Which is why Dixie is always on alert.

"Dixie's job is to tell me, 'Hey something's wrong' so I'll have time to fix it before anything bad happens," said Martin.

"Just having the dog to alert her when this is happening is just a miracle itself that a dog can do that," said Terri Underwood with Woodmen of the World.

But dog is also very expensive, which is where the burger sale, and the Woodmen of the World come in.

"They were founded on principles of helping one another and helping families in the community, and it's always been a really big part of what Woodmen stands for," said Pine.

It was seven dollars for a burger plate, with extra donations put in a jar, and one woman reminded, of how much her East Texas hometown is willing to offer a helping hand.

"It's so heart warming, it brings me to tears to know how much everybody cares," said Martin.

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Great story. I have a friend who has a seeing eye dog. It's allowed him a lot more freedom and mobility. It's good to see local organizations helping people get the service animals they need.

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