Grab a box of tissues because if your eyes don’t leak during this then you are certified dead inside.
A woman has posted a video online of how her service dog, Colt, rushes to protect her when she has seizures, to raise awareness for her condition.
Janaye suffers from severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) which causes her to have seizures. This puts her at more risk of further brain injury when she falls to the floor.
Colt is a fully-trained service dog who is trained to protect his owner’s head from hitting the floor.
Janaye filmed herself simulating seizures, which is part of her service dog’s training, as she has to ‘test him on everything that he knows often to make sure he still does it all reliably’.
In the video, Colt can be seen rushing to push his head under Janaye’s, protecting it from the hard floor during the simulated seizure.
‘He is trained to do this in a certain way that keeps both him and me safe,’ Janaye writes on YouTube.
‘He will not get hurting (sic) doing this the way he has been trained to.
‘I’m not actually there during a seizure so I would not be able to know if he did his job right or not.’
Colt is a Weimaraner/English Labrador, and he was handpicked from a litter by Janaye and a dog behaviouralist.
Janaye trained Colt herslf, as she has years of experience training military K9s.
Although Colt is constantly being trained, Jayne says that: ‘He was considered a fully trained service dog after a little over a year and a half’.
Colt is able to detect seizures before they happen.
‘For seizures I have anywhere from 30 minutes – two hours, most times it’s enough time to take medication to prevent the seizure,’ says Janaye.
‘For pass out spells, I have about 15 minutes.’
Interestingly, seizure dogs are born with an innate ability to detect seizures, so not all dogs are capable of doing so.
Unfortunately Janaye suffered another recent brain trauma which has left her unable to control her wheelchair as easily as she was once able to.
Her best friend has set up a GoFundMe to raise money for a Smart Drive wheelchair, which will make both her and Colt’s life easier.
The target is $6000 (£4620) and you can donate here.