AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION HERO DOG AWARDS - 2019 FINALISTS
Alice — Service
Location: Nicholasville, Kentucky
In 2015, Antonio was a normal, playful 9-year old, who loved soccer, and his friends. Then, on a normal day, riding in the back of his parents SUV with his younger brothers on the way to a family dinner, a man who fired 3-5 bullets into their car shot him in the head.
Since that day Antonio has been fighting the battle of a lifetime. He spent 18 days in a coma, and has endured 5 brain surgeries.Nearly 4 years later, an artificial skull covers half of Antonio’s brain, because a seizure causing a fall could otherwise be fatal.
Antonio not only battles seizures, but migraines, balance issues, spells and more. In October of 2016, Antonio was paired with his Service Dog, Alice from Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs in Florida. His Mom, Tara says, “Alice is a hero in our eyes, because without her, Antonio would not be able to do the simple things in life that we take for granted”.
Going to school, the store, or even just a walk outside would be impossible for him. Never once has Alice failed to alert to an oncoming seizure or “spell”, and she assists him with his balance issues. Alice has given Antonio the chance at a new normal life he couldn’t have had without her. She is a loyal and loving hero everyday. She’s saved Antonio’s life many times. If that’s not a hero, I don’t know what is. She is his Guardian Angel, and helps him live his New Normal to the fullest extend possible”.