Monday, June 27, 2011

Have you heard of Seizure Dogs?

Seizure dogs are incredible animals: specially trained service dogs to help people with epilepsy. After years of talking about how a seizure dog could help Evan, we have made the decision to move forward. We have submitted an application and been approved to recieve a service dog trained as a seizure assistance dog from 4 Paws for Ability.

4 Paws for Ability is a non-profit organization who has a good reputation for training seizure dogs and we are excited to be working with them. As part of this relationship, we are committed, as volunteers, to raising $13,000 in support of the 4 Paws mission.

We believe having a seizure dog will be life changing and life saving for Evan. He has been accepted for placement of a 4 paws for Ability Service Dog that will be trained especially for him as a Seizure Assistance Dog. Some of the tasks his dog will be trained to do include, but are not limited to:

  • Seizure Response: respond to seizures so we can act quickly
  • Seizure Detection: detect seizure and alert before seizure begins
  • Behavior Disruption: distract Evan from self-injurious behavior
  • Balance: provide extra support after seizures or from medication
  • Tethering: in crowded areas a second lead can be used for safety
We are all looking forward to the day we meet this new member of our family!