Daniel Dillard is thirteen years old. He has a highly rare form of epilepsy called Dravet’s Syndrome. There is not a cure for Dravet’s, so Daniel will need a lifetime of care and will always have seizures - many of which require the immediate administration of medication.
Daniel also has severe developmental delays and shows some autistic traits. He tends to wander away and is unaware of environmental dangers such as traffic, bodies of water, and ill intentions of strangers.
4 Paws For Ability is a nonprofit organization that specializes in training seizure alert service dogs for children with disabilities. Dove is a Yellow Labrador Retriever, born on 9-9-2009. Daniel has had Dove for a year and a half now. She has been a huge blessing to our family. She is alerting to his seizures thirty minutes to an hour before they happen. Thank you to all who helped this become a reality!
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Check out Daniel's Make A Wish trip under our training blog!