CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A local woman diagnosed with schizencephaly as an infant, and epilepsy at the age of 18, recently received an “extremely special” seizure response dog from a non-profit organization in Virginia.
Hannah Frith, now 22, suffers from epileptic seizures that seriously limit her autonomy. The persistent worry about the possibility of a seizure also causes her a great deal of emotional distress and anxiety.
Enter Rose, a black Labrador retriever who will provide Hannah with the “independence she needs to face the everyday challenges of living with epilepsy. That’s in addition to being her new best friend.
“It’s really great and gives me a sense of independence since I live alone,” Hannah said about her new companion.
She continued, “It makes me feel safe and my friends and family feel safe. And she’s just really amazing.”
Amazing Rose was born and bred by Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers (SDWR), an organization that says it is “committed to changing the lives of those living with invisible disabilities such as Autism, Diabetes, PTSD, and Seizure Disorders.”
“Until there’s a cure… There’s a dog,” is the promise made on the SDWR website.
Rose’s extensive training and background are almost as noteworthy as her namesake:
Despite already extensive training, Hannah and Rose will continue to work with SDWR trainers for the next 18 months to fine tune the dog’s skills to best fit her lifestyle and needs.
After that training period, Rose should be ready to ace the public access test for certification as a service animal.
SDWR has already placed hundreds of working dogs all over the world, with over 400 families enrolled in the program and currently awaiting their service dog delivery.
They have no age restrictions and none of the enrolled families ever travel in order to receive their service dog or participate in team training, which is what SDWR says sets them apart from other nonprofit service dog organizations.