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Service Dogs That Detect Seizures Make Life Easier To Kids With Disabilities

Assistance dog Zen, a pit bull, allowed former U.S. Marine Joe Bonfiglio, diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, to enjoy everyday activities. Zen helps calm Bonfiglio when he feels the onset of a panic attack. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Assistance dog Zen, a pit bull, allowed former U.S. Marine Joe Bonfiglio, diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, to enjoy everyday activities. Zen helps calm Bonfiglio when he feels the onset of a panic attack. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

 

(Daily Times Gazette) – At the age of four years, Alyssa Howes unfortunately became blind and started having up to 20 seizures per day.

From then on her grandmother stayed with Alyssa at her room at nighttime to be on lookout for a seizure attack. But the ordeals stopped three years ago when Alyssa received a very special gift, that is, a service dog that comes with the name Flint.

The golden retriever is a heaven sent as it makes life a lot easier for Alyssa and gave delight to her family which is based in Los Angeles. Flint provided the 11-year-old a more comfortable life by alerting her family whenever her seizure attacks, helping her walk upright and enabling her to be more mobile.

Alyssa’s mother Juliette Palomaki said, “It gives her a companion to enjoy the moments when she is doing things she likes to do.” She added, “And if she is having a bad day, she will call him and they will just be together.”

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