I am so glad I saw this!
I had two dogs when my boyriend Patrick came from Arizona to Wisconsin to live with me. Patrick has Complx Partial seziures. He has TLE. Patrick was symptom free for 8 years before his seizure episodes started again a few months ago. Patrick's seizures are not often convulsive at all, but he gets disoriented, panicked, lethargic, emotional and his vision is affected. He has "startle" type seizures and headaches, but not full blown grand mals.
We noticed right away that my German Shepard/Huskie mix, Fawn was very, very attentive to Patrick...actually both of my dogs are, but Fawn is younger and a little bit more "sensitive". She hovers around him and we have noticed a definate pattern in that she seems to know instinctively when Patty is feeling a bit funny. He lays down on the couch and Fawnie is right there, her muzzle on his chest. BOTH of the dogs are overly attentive to him when he is laying down, having an episode. I could have a steak in my hand, waving it in the air, and my Fawn will not leave Patty's side.
Both of my girls are rescues from a shelter, but Fawn was one of those dogs that you have to have lots of patience with...rambunctious and schemeing...easily bored...all of the things that they look for when finding a seizure, cancer or drug sniffing dog. Ther is NO DOUBT in my mind that she senses Patricks seziures coming on, and if he happened to suffer from Grand Mals, I know she would be able to sense them, and warn him...
Patrick was not a huge "dog person" when he came to be with me, but now...he wouldn't part with my girls for all the world. He is even a bigger fan of theirs than I am!
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