Seizure Response Dogs are trained to stay with their
owner should they have a seizure and on command ‘get help’ and assist in
recovery. Some dogs are able to alert to an oncoming seizure, allowing their
owner to get in a safe position.
Smart Pups Seizure Response Dog, Kruiser has been placed with Heather and her daughter Karla, who is 7 years old.
Heather wrote to Smart Pups asking for a seizure response
dog as her seizures were getting so frequent she didn’t like leaving the house. Heather’s doctor was fully on board with the idea as her medication just wasn’t working any more. The possibility of having a seizure in public without help at hand was daunting and Heather no longer felt comfortable or safe going out on her own. Something had to been done for Heather to help her to live a more normal life.
That’s where Kruiser comes in. With Kruiser by Heather’s
side her confidence soars when she is out in public and with her stress levels reduced,
it is hoped that this will decrease her seizures. Kruiser goes everywhere with
Heather: to the University with Heather, Karla’s school and to shops, on public
transport and restaurants.
If Heather has a seizure Kruiser has been trained to lay
with her, lick and nudge her, until she comes around. Heather can then use Kruiser as an anchor to
help steady herself or she can command Kruiser to ‘get help’, and he will go
and touch someone to ask for help her.
But Kruiser is no ordinary seizure dog. Kruiser is one of
the special few who can sense and react to an oncoming seizure.
Heather says: “Kruiser is now out of the crate and sleeps on his bed in my room and even wakes me up after my night seizures. He has taken to sleeping on the floor by the bed some of the night. He’s become my shadow and goes everywhere with me. Recently when I was unwell, Kruiser was there for me, helped me up, walked slowly for me to balance and got help even without me asking. When I need him most he is there to help. He knows.”
Kruiser is doing an amazing job looking after Heather and Karla. With your help we can have many more Smart Pups just like him.