A cardiac-alert dog raised and trained by Cochranville’s Canine Partners for Life is the focus of a new documentary entitled Adele and Everything After, writes Cristela Guerra for the Boston Globe.
It tells the story of Marty Harris and her service dog, Adele. Harris had spent much of her life fainting after even the slightest exertion. It took years to be diagnosed with a chronic fainting disorder caused by an irregular heartbeat.
Once she knew the problem, she started looking for solutions. In 2006, she turned to Canine Partners for Life. The nonprofit introduced her to Adele, one of the world’s first cardiac-alert dogs.
For nine years, Adele followed Harris and alerted her every time she needed to rest. The emotional journey after Adele retired is the focus of the film.
“Freedom,” said Harris, highlighting the changes Adele has brought to her life.
Last year, Harris traveled around the U.S. and Canada with film director Melissa Dowler, showcasing the documentary at film festivals.
Now, Adele is enjoying her retirement with Harris at their Boston apartment, along with the family’s new service dog, Hector.