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Therapy dog snuggles away seizures for epileptic patient

Not all heroes wear capes. Some have fluffy golden coats and are made of happiness.

Rosco’s a year old golden retriever with an important job. Derek Douglass depends on him to treat his drug-resistant epileptic seizures.

rosco service dog

Douglass has ‘complex partial seizures’ which means he still operates while seizing.

“My epileptic seizures are called complex partial seizures. I space out, but still can do normal behaviors. I live alone in an apartment near a busy road,” Douglass stated to PEOPLE. “My job entails working with small amounts of electricity and moving parts. While seizing, I have walked out of my doctor’s office to the bus stop. Because of all these circumstances, I felt I needed an extra line of defense.”

Rosco seizure dog

Rosco carries a magnet around in his bandana which he uses to activate a Vagus Nerve Stimulation therapy device implanted in Douglass’ chest when he has a seizure. Rosco snuggles up to his owner’s chest during the seizure and provides him with comfort and relief.

“Rosco has changed my life by being there for me when I do have issues, as well as just being a friend any time of the day,” Douglass said. “His just being beside me helps me to be happier.”

rosco service dog

For more working dogs, check out this good boy Labrador.

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