Therapy dog and puppies recovering after nearly dying

2-year-old Kida, golden doodle (WDTN PhotoMaytal Levi)

XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – A military family is relieved after their dog survived complications while giving birth to future service dogs.

If you’ve been to the Dayton International Airport, you may have seen Kida, a golden doodle. She’s the first and only therapy dog at the airport, but has been gone on medical leave.


“Everyone knows Kida. Everyone loves Kida. She’s a part of the community,” said Molly Arneson, her owner.
At barely 2-years-old, Kida  is also a breeder dog for 4 Paws for Ability, an organization that raises and trains service dogs.
“We raise her while she has puppies and once she’s done with the breeder program. They fix her and she is ours forever.” said Arneson.
Kida had some complications during her pregnancy. Arneson says she took her to an animal hospital where she was told Kida and her puppies might die.
“She almost didn’t have a pulse. She had kidney failure and they didn’t think any of the 14 puppies would live,” said Arneson.

After a hysterectomy, doctors were able to save Kida and 6 of her puppies, which are now being taken care of by a surrogate dog named Jarka.

“Jarka, a chocolate lab stepped in and is a surrogate mother for Kida’s puppies. Kida went through so much trauma she can’t produce milk,” said Arneson.
The puppies will become service dogs when they get older. As for Kida, she’ll become a permanent part of the Arneson family.
“The one good thing that came out of all of this is she gets to stay with us forever, she doesn’t have to leave,” said Arneson.
Kida is expected back to work at the airport in a month. To track her progress, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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