Dogs are often called man’s best friend, but for 23-year-old Shannon Locke, her dog Poppy is so much more than that.
Poppy can sense when Shannon, who has epilepsy, is about to have a seizure, Liftbump reported.
"I have seizures a couple of times a week and they can be very serious. They can be fatal,” Shannon told Belfast Live.
"They began when I was about 17 and they were getting horrendous at one stage, when I was having them four or five times a day. I couldn't leave the house and couldn't work,” she said.
One day Poppy, who lives with Shannon in County Down Ireland, began behaving oddly. "She just kept coming up to me and was panting,” Shannon explained. “I didn't think much of it to begin with, but then I realized she was picking up that something wasn't right.”
About 15 - 20 minutes before Shannon has a seizure, Poppy becomes agitated and makes sure Shannon is okay. "If I'm on my back she makes sure my airways are clear," she said.
Poppy is now being studied by Queen's University in Belfast. "Nobody knows how she spots it,” Shannon said. "She has given me the confidence to get out and about and enjoy my life again.”