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Old 02-15-2013, 12:51 PM   #4
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I have a life-threatening form of Grave's Disease that has left me with permanent heart conditions including atrial fibrillation and tachycardia. My German Shepherd, Jasmine, was the first to notice the heart problems. She will actually block me from moving (in a herding manner) and has physically pushed me back into my seat a few times. I keep a heart monitor with me and noticed that it was only when my heart rate was around 140+ bpm. I have since trained her to bring me my bottle of beta blockers and had her registered as a service dog. I have heard that cardiac assistance dogs are rare and I think it might be partially due to a need for a particular type of connection with their handler. Or maybe sometimes they're just born into it Who knows? But I am eternally grateful for Jasmine, Best German Shepherd on Earth <3

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