Reporter - Samantha Ptashkin

Jun 10, 2013 9:59 AM by Samantha Ptashkin

Rescued pit bull helps Tucson woman live with seizures

TUCSON- Dawn Meyers credits a craigslist search in helping her find a best friend that has changed her life.

A couple years ago, she wanted to buy a bookcase, but instead she came across a picture of a pit bull named Booker. "There was just something about him," Meyers says.

Meyers adopted Booker from a rescue group that took him in, after he was confiscated in a drug bust. But Meyers soon realized Booker would be the one to rescue her. "He and I have such a strong bond," Meyers says.

After suffering an injury while playing soccer, Meyers started having random seizures. She says Booker can sense it before it even happens. "When I'm about to have a seizure he just doesn't leave me alone, he climbs on my lap, he jumps on the furniture, he starts whining," Meyers says.

After months of training, Booker is now a certified seizure alert dog.

He accompanies Meyers just about everywhere she goes. She says he gives her the confidence to get outside again. "It's embarrassing to have a seizure and if I know I can get somewhere safe, or go to a bathroom in a public place, it makes me more apt to go places," Meyers says.

She says Booker is proof that if you judge a book by its cover you could miss out on a friend, that just might be the best friend you'll ever have.

Booker was recently nominated in national competition called "The Hero Dog Awards".

The annual national competition searches out and recognizes America's Hero Dogs, who unconditionally avail themselves to us in so many important ways, whether it's saving lives on the battlefield, lending sight or hearing to a human companion, or providing therapeutic support to children suffering from cancer.

Booker is the only pit bull in the "Service Dog" category. To vote for Booker head to: www.herodogawards.org/contestants/?nominee=1625667

To check out Booker's Facebook page type in: "Booker the Pit Bull Service Dog"

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