Sometimes you travel far and wide to tell a great story, other times you discover one living right across the hall. The latter was the case with Marty and Adele. Marty is our neighbor, and when we learned about her story, we knew it was one that we were meant to tell.
Marty has an untreatable heart condition, which makes her pass out. For years, she never knew when she’d next wake up on the street or in an ambulance. She suffered more than 30 concussions. She was unable to live a rich or full life. Then, Adele came along and changed everything. Adele is the world’s first cardiac service dog. She can detect when Marty is going to pass out, and “alerts” her, which is essentially an advance warning that lets Marty know she needs to stop, sit down and wait. Thanks to Adele, Marty now has a full life as an artist, traveler, wife and Mother. For nine years, she and Adele have been constant companions.
Now the time has come for Adele to retire from service and we’re capturing the journey as Marty transitions to working with a new service dog. It’s a life affirming story about personal struggle, illness, relationships and the incredible bond between human beings and dogs.
You’ll be seeing a lot more about this documentary, but for now we hope you enjoy this short film we made to help Marty raise funds for training expenses related to her new service dog. If you’d like to find out how you can help Marty, check out her Indiegogo campaign here.