Sunday, June 26, 2005
Little dogs take care of big jobs "Wright, 40, has her own service dog, a 5-pound Chihuahua named Joe. He sniffs out changes, undetectable to humans, that occur about 20 minutes before the onset of an epileptic seizure.

Joe's warning gives his owner time to prepare herself so she won't fall and hit her head during a grand mal seizure.

'That keeps me safe,' Wright said. 'It puts me back in control.'

Before she had the dog, she had no way to predict when seizures would strike. Since Joe moved in, he has accurately predicted more than 20 seizures."

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