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Service dog protects teen who is 'allergic to almost everything'

A whiff of a certain scent or taking a shower can send the 15-year old into anaphylactic shock which can be fatal. Martina Baker is now facing the world again with a very special four-legged companion

WISCASSET, Maine — A 15-year old girl who is allergic to 'almost everything' is getting the courage to go out in public again thanks to a highly trained service dog named Keeva. 

Martina Baker has Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, a rare condition known as MCAS.  Mast cells in her immune system malfunction cause her body to have extreme allergic-like reactions. The triggers -- which started two years ago range from water, heat to hundreds of different scents and smells. 

Keeva, a Boxer/Afghan mix is trained to alert Martina to things that could trigger an allergic reaction. Keeva arrived in Maine a week ago from Arizona. The teen says she is bonding with her new service animal who is helping her navigate the aisles of stores again with a lot less fear. 

'It's a lot better with Keeva by my side like I have a lot more confidence in her and I trust her a lot,' said Martina. 

Martina plans to go to the movies for the first time in years -- with Keeva by her side. She plans to continue training Keeva utilizing an online course set up by Keeva's trainer.

For more information on Jamie Robinson, Keeva's trainer go to