Hero Dog Awards - Cannoli

Cannoli

Fernley, Nevada

Cannoli is the perfect example of how a service dog can change someone’s world. She was 6 months old and I was training her to help with my anxiety when she started to alert to my medical episodes 5 minutes before they would happen. Throughout training her further into medical alerts she now alerts 30 minutes prior to an episode (which I now know are syncope and cardiac episodes). She has even woken me up from a deep sleep to alert to a cardiac episode. She alerted so consistently at my high heart rates that she made me rethink my diagnosis and go to a cardiologist to get a proper, correct diagnosis. She knows 15 tasks as well as a few dozen tricks just for fun. Cannoli most impressively alerted consistently to my grandmother’s oxygen levels dropping below 80 (she alerted at 78 and would get my attention at 74 and lower) and even helped her get an irregular heart beat diagnosed. This 15 pound, tiny, fluffy dog took me from my darkest time where I was so scared of making myself sick that I became agoraphobic, to now where I am living my life independently with my sickness so under control that she is partially retired. I couldn’t imagine what my life would have been without her, she gave me my life back and I can never repay her for what she’s done for me. She is the smartest dog I’ve ever met and she is the perfect example of what a difference a service dog can make in a disabled person’s life.