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Saturday was one lucky day for a service dog who turned three.

Posted: Sep 21, 2019 5:34 PM
Updated: Sep 22, 2019 4:27 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Saturday was one lucky day for a service dog who turned three.

Rosco is a therapy dog for owner Derek Douglass who suffers from seizures.

Douglass adopted Roscoe when he was just before he turned one.

Douglass has VNS Therapy® a small device implanted under the skin of his chest to help him manage his seizures.

The device sends mild pulses to the brain through the vagus nerve.

The pulses are sent throughout the day at regular intervals to help stop seizures before they start.

Because Douglass lives alone, he has Rosco. Rosco wears a magnet in his bandana and is trained to “snuggle” with his owner in the event he has a seizure.

When he does this, the magnet will swipe over Douglass’ device and activate an additional dose of therapy.

Rosco was also joined by another furry friend to help celebrate.

Douglass said this day is not only special to Rosco but to him also.

"It's special for me because it signifies us being together," said Douglass. "I got him right before he turned one so we've been together for two years. He's just a good dog."

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