Sniffing For Seizures

By: Suzie Gilbert Email
By: Suzie Gilbert Email

A kindergarten class at Farley Elementary has an unusual classmate... a golden retriever. The dog watches over J.J., a student prone to seizures. (VIDEO INCLUDED)

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She keeps him safe by sniffing out his seizures and alerting J.J.'s parents and teachers before they happen.

"Every 10-15 minutes she'll go over and smell J.J. to make sure he's OK. Then she'll go back and lay down," J.J.'s kindergarten teacher, Hannah Anderson, said.

These days Lyza lays down in Anderson's class. She says the kids enjoy having the dog around...but they know why she's there. They know she has an important responsibility and that she's always on duty.

"I talked to the whole school about the fact that when she has her red harness on -- then she's supposed to -- you know, they're not supposed to touch her," Anderson said. But when playtime comes, Lyza and the kids are ready. "Once in awhile I'll take it off and they'll get the chance to pet her and let her be a puppy cause she works all day."

While most kids and teachers aren't used to a pet in the classroom, Anderson says Lyza helps teach her students a valuable lesson. "I would never trade this experience for the world because when the students see someone that's different or anything that's different... they... they're used to it. The kids are so well-rounded and they're just ready for the world after that. So I'm a huge fan of that."

Farley Elementary's kindergarten class will have a 2nd birthday party for Lyza on February 10th.

Watch the video to see Lyza and to hear more information.


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