A Boy Loses a VIP (Very Important Pet); Needs Your Help
Sparky barks and runs to Carl's mom, Dr. Nita Lewis, to alert her. She's able to take measures that mitigate the severity of the seizure.
Carl is seriously impaired. Thousands of seizures have shortchanged his brain of oxygen. He's got the mental capacity of a small child now, and needs round-the-clock care.
Sparky used to give Dr. Lewis a much-needed break at night, because he'd sleep with Carl and run to Dr. Lewis if something was about to happen.
On Dec. 15, someone apparently stole Sparky out of the Lewis's yard in Homestead. Dr. Lewis has been advertizing everywhere she can afford to - she's a University of Miami prof - and drives around with a huge banner on her truck asking for help finding Sparky.
Not only does Carl cry for his dog, but he's having more severe seizures and is more heavily medicated.
Go to miami.craigslist.org and fidofinder.com - a great national lost/found site for pets - for ads about Sparky. This is really heartbreaking, and it would be great if somehow this little dog was returned.
The whole seizure dog phenomenon is fascinating. To read more about these amazing critters, go to http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/epilepsyusa/seizuredogs.cfm, and www.canineassistants.org.