Who knew a dog named Dopey would be so keen? The golden retriever is best friends with 12-year-old Britton Voss of Clearfield, Utah. Britton has a rare form of epilepsy and is developmentally delayed.
When service dog Dopey was brought to him three years ago, Britton’s mother, Dawn Ramage-Voss, detected a noticeable change in Britton for the better.
They are best friends. When we go somewhere, Britton knows that Dopey goes with him, Dawn told Inside Edition.
Dopey can detect Britton’s seizures before they even happen. When he notices one, he will go and alert Dawn or the nearest adult by nudging their hands. But that’s not all he can do: aside from providing Britton with love and companionship, Dopey can open doors, retrieve medication, and locate Britton if he goes missing. He also knows when to block Britton from walking downstairs or outside when the boy gets disoriented from a seizure.
Dopey has become an extra set of eyes for us, Dawnsaid.
Dopey isn’t only Britton’s hero, though: he has also alerted Dawn about her low blood sugar and pointed out when two other people have had seizures.
The students love him and see him as an extension of Britton. They understand that he is working and he cant be pet, said Melissa Lovell, Britton’s teacher. There are a few [students] that find great comfort in simply looking at him. He is a calming source for everyone, including myself.
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