Charley calls Eevee her #magicdoodle because she saves her life and keeps her safe everyday.
Eevee is multi-task trained but her main tasks are alerting and responding to an upcoming seizure, bringing Charley her med bag, and performing deep pressure therapy (DPT) which helps her during a seizure.
Because of Charley's medical condition, she does not come out of seizures on her own, so getting the medicine to her quickly is really important. Eevee can sense a seizure before it even happens which allows Charley and nearby adults extra time to get what Charley needs.
Charley loves how soft and snuggly Eevee is. She says Eevee “eats her bad dreams”.
Charley’s mom says, “ My favorite thing about having Eevee for Charley is that it allows her to have an opportunity to be a kid. She has more freedom and safety with Eevee than she would on her own. Charley is a funny, kind hearted girl who loves her magic doodle.”
I loved getting to know Charley and Eevee while writing my book! Charley is so adorable and Eevee is one of the coolest looking dogs I've ever seen! I love her look!
I am always blown away by seizure alert and response dogs! When children have seizures, especially intense ones, like Charley does, parents often have to sleep with their kids to be sure they can make it on time if a seizure occurs. Service dogs often give parents the freedom of sleeping in their own bed, or with their partner again!
Not only does Eevee make sleeping easier, she also helps Charley experience life the way a kid should. Eevee goes to school with Charley and is able to alert teachers if a seizure is coming on. I think, beyond the medical assistance Eevee provides, there is an important emotional role Eevee plays as well. Waking up from a seizure can be disorienting and I'm sure, a bit lonely, so to have a loving, loyal companion who is always there would make a big difference.
For more information about seizure alert and response dogs read this great article from epilepsyfoundation.org it talks about who may benefit from these service dogs, how much they cost and the ongoing research regarding the efficiency of seizure alert and response dogs. Defiantly take a look if you are considering one for yourself or a loved one.
Well, I hope you all enjoyed getting to know these two a bit. I know I did, and I cannot wait to get to meet them over zoom in just a few weeks at my pre book-launch party!
Here is a sneak peek at Charley and Eevee in my upcoming book "Our Service Dogs"
Eevee was trained by Cyndy Smith with Michigan Service Dogs LLC
Amber Diane Hill does not officially endorse or support Michigan Service Dogs LLC or Cyndy Smith dog trainer. Please do your own research when choosing a trainer.
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