One Louisville kindergartner got a heartwarming surprise when she opened her new yearbook to discover her service dog featured with her very own photo.
Ariel the Labradoodle joins Hadley Jo every single day, even at school. So, it was only natural that the kindergartner’s seizure alert service dog be featured in the yearbook, too!
Hadley Jo was diagnosed with epilepsy, a neurological disorder often accompanied by seizures before her second birthday. At age 2, she was paired with Ariel, a seizure-alert service dog and constant companion.
“She has the ability to know when something’s wrong. She’s able to alert us before a seizure happens and we’re able to administer rescue medication in less than 2 minutes in order to stop the seizure, so that’s pretty life-changing for us,” her mother Heather Lange told KCENTV. ““Most of our seizures are happening at school right now. Fine motor skills trigger seizures. Critical thinking, deep concentration, things like that. So, we’re really lucky to have Ariel because she can go to school with us.”
Ariel is the only service dog that attends school with a handler in the Archdiocese of Louisville, so the family were pleasantly surprised to find her honored in such a sweet way.