Service Dog Reunited with Diabetic Girl

After essentially being stolen by a trainer, a service dog is back with his family.

By Cari Jorgensen | Posted: July 31, 2014, 4:00 p.m. EDT

If you’ve ever searched for a lost dog, you know how devastating it is to not have him with you. You put up signs, knock on every door in your neighborhood and maybe even widen your search to your entire city. The search could go on for days, and the not knowing where he could be is the worst part. Sometimes the search ends in a happy reunion; other times it does not.

In the case of Major, a service dog for Alayna Barnes, a young diabetic girl, his family spent weeks trying to get him back. They didn’t need to put up signs or knock on doors; they knew where he was.


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Shortly after the 4th of July, the Barnes family from Little Rock, Arkansas, sent Major to Colorado to spend a few days with his trainer in the hopes of improving his skills at detecting when Alayna’s insulin levels were low. However, what was to be a short trip turned into two weeks. The Arvada, Colorado trainer they had sent him to, Julie Noyes, claimed Major was abused and refused to give him back. It is not clear why she believed he was abused or what she thought the abuse to be.

To the Barnes family, especially 11-year-old Alayna, who relied on Major’s help with her diabetes, the only abuse that existed was the devastation of Major being kept away from them.

It’s been a horrible two weeks for our family. Something we never [want to] go through again,” Alayna’s mother, Amanda Barnes, says, according to

In their efforts to get Major back, the Barnes family pressed felony theft charges against Noyes. However, they agreed to drop the charges if Noyes returned the dog.

Waiting excitedly at the Little Rock Airport, Alayna couldn’t wait to be reunited with Major. We can only imagine that his excitement equaled hers.

Following the reunion, Major was taken to his veterinarian at the Cross County Veterinary Clinic in Wynne, Arkansas for a head-to-toe checkup. Once home, Major was back to work. He detected Alayna’s insulin levels had changed, and he was correct.

He was finally back where he belonged.

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