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I wish to have a puppy

  • Best Buddies

  • Carter enjoyed riding to his party in this SUV limousine with his friends and family

  • Our president and CEO Paul Krueger presenting Carter with a new sign for his house, "A House Is Not A Home Without A Wheaten", right before they surprised him with his puppy Gunner

  • Surprise! Roxanne Kasa, Program Services Director, presenting Carter with his puppy Gunner

  • Carter was all smiles after they surprised him with his puppy Gunner

  • Carter and Gunner

  • Carter with his mom Megan and sister Abigail

  • Two new buddies playing in the park

  • Family and friends all gathered to welcome Carter home and help him celebrate his puppy wish

  • Carter and Gunner

  • Carter and friends enjoying the park

  • Wish paw-ty cupcakes

  • Carter with his Adopt-A-Wish® Partner, the Independent Insurance Agents of Rapid City

“ Looking forward to his puppy helped him through treatment. ”


- Wish Mom Megan

Adopted By: Independent Insurance Agents of Rapid City

Carter, 7, of Box Elder, who faces neuroblastoma, has spent nearly the last year and a half receiving treatment in Minneapolis.

So when he came home in June and went to a “Welcome Home Party” at Storybook Island in Rapid City, he wasn’t expecting his wish for a puppy to come true that day.

Picked up by an SUV limousine to go to the party with his friends, sister, Abigail, and mom, Megan, Carter was thrilled, especially to be able to drink pop and control the radio in the limo on the way to the park!

During the party, Carter and his friends enjoyed pizza and cupcakes, complete with dog bone-shaped cookies on top. Even with the dog decorations and treats, Carter still thought getting his puppy was a couple of weeks away.

So, when Paul Krueger, president and CEO, asked Carter what his wish was and he answered “A puppy”, he was very surprised when Roxanne Kasa, program services director, came out holding Gunner, a ten-week old Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, to present to him. Carter and Gunner became instant buddies and enjoyed the park. Gunner was a hit with all of Carter’s family and friends who came to celebrate his homecoming and wish with him.

For his mom, Megan, she hopes Gunner will be a best friend for Carter for a very long time.

“Carter has been looking forward to his puppy for a whole year and it helped him get through the last month or so of treatment,” she said.

Carter’s journey has been long – surgery, chemotherapy, more chemotherapy, radiation, a stem cell transplant and antibody therapy. A new journey and a new friendship has begun as he has returned home to have a furry friend to love, cuddle and play with. It’s a simple wish with a lasting impact.

Carter’s wish was made possible by Adopt-A-Wish® Partner, the Independent Insurance Agents of Rapid City.

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