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Epileptic Boy’s Service Dog Completely Dissolves His Daily Depression

by Rebecca Landman
Rebecca is a writer living the Los Angeles dream. She loves hiking, music, and crocheting on her couch to the background lull of Netflix. She believes our world is complex. By sharing and listening to each other’s stories, we unpack that complexity layer by layer, learning more about who we are and how we want to live our lives. She writes to keep learning.

With a skilled, loyal team in your corner, overcoming life’s toughest challenges often becomes much easier.

Imgur user Manylauz‘s brother lives with epilepsy, a condition wherein those diagnosed suffer unexpected seizures, most times instantaneously.

For years, her brother’s epilepsy left him feeling depressed. Their entire family suffered much anxiety over the condition as well, never knowing when his next seizure would strike.

Luckily, though, a wonderful seizure-alert dog named Yola found her way into their world, ready and able to change their lives for the better.

Yola stays by her companion’s side, able to sense when he’s about to have a seizure. She’ll bark when he starts seizing, alerting nearby family members or passersby to call 911.

This devoted dog has saved her epileptic partner’s life multiple times, and continues lifting his entire family’s spirits with her calming presence and goofy personality.

Scroll through our gallery to learn more about this incredible dog, and how she keeps her owner safe.

Adorable Yola the dog isn’t just a gorgeous pup. She also doubles as a hero.

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Yola is Imgur user Manylauz‘s epileptic brother’s service dog.

According to Manylauz, Yola “senses when he is going to have a seizure and barks when he starts seizing.”

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The Epilepsy Foundation reports that over 65 million people worldwide live with epilepsy.

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As Canine Partners for Life, a charity that pairs dogs like Yola with epileptic individuals, explains, “Many adults and children living with epilepsy admit that they often avoid certain everyday activities in fear of having a seizure in public.”

Adding a seizure-alert dog into their lives, though, can “give these individuals greater independence that improves their quality of life by alerting up to an hour ahead of time that a seizure is imminent, giving their partners time to take precautions such as lying down or leaving crowded environments.”

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Yola spends the majority of her time watching over her epileptic companion, easing his and his entire family’s anxieties.

While her main goal is to keep her partner safe, she also finds some time to be silly.

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This precious pup is, apparently, quite the noisy snorer.

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Yola’s saved her companion’s life multiple times, and, as his sister explained, “Not only does she help with epilepsy, she has dramatically helped my brother deal with depression.”

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This wonderful dog has brought such joy and comfort to both her epileptic companion and his entire family.

What do you think of Yola’s story? Have you or a loved one worked with a service dog? Let us know in the comments.

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