AN Ipswich owned assistance dog has been recognised with the Australia Day title of the “dog of the year.”
Baloo is owned by 28 year old Dani Stevens who for 11 years lived with uncontrolled epilepsy and as such couldn’t be left alone.
After she took ownership of Baloo she now has her independence back.
“Baloo has the senses to alert me three to five minutes prior to oncoming seizures,” Dani said.
She’s saved my life multiple times, including when I’ve stopped breathing and required CPR. “She protects me from falls daily and has given me back my life.
“She’s my little shadow and at night, she sleeps on my bed, waking me up with a bark to alertme that I might soon be experiencing a seizure.”
The 2023 Australian Dog of the Year, promoted by popular animal website Puppy Tales, recognises dogs for their inspiring impact in communities Australia wide.
Puppy Tales Founder, Kerry Martin said from Seizure Alert Dogs and Psychiatric Assistance Dogs to Blood Donor Dogs, Conservation Dogs and Police Dogs, and every honourable pooch in between, the awards once again confirmed just how remarkable and inspiring our dogs are.
As the owner of Baloo Dani was able to make a $1000 donation to the charity of her choice as well as receiving a $1000 photography experience with Puppy Tales Photography and a $250 Gift Card from Pet Circle.