By Tracy Jacim, Reporter
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -- When we show up at the home of 7-year-old Abigaile Szabat and her family, we watch Bronx, a trained seizure alert dog, fast and furiously track down his owner, 14-year-old Chris Carswell.
Chris has epilepsy and the German Shepherd is specially trained to alert others to any oncoming seizures which Chris might have and to track his master in the rare event they're separated.
And then we see Kosmo, the poodle, alongside Abby. Kosmo is also a trained seizure dog and he has being specially trained to protect his master. "He's going to be with me 24/7, until I'm 19," said Abby. "Cuz that's how old he's going to last to, Mom told me."
Kosmo may very well live a little longer; nevertheless, the important thing here is that this Abby now has Kosmo to make sure she lives long. The poodle came compliments of Chris and the organization he created called 1Boy4Change to help others like him.
"It was needles, and poking and prodding, but no one could tell me what was wrong, and then that was how I made 1boy4change, to find the silver lining," he said.
1Boy4Change has grown into a nonprofit that provides service dogs for people who need them: veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, diabetics, and those with epilepsy, like Abby.
"The most important thing is that if she has a seizure in the middle of the night and we don't hear her, we can't give her meds, her emergency meds," said Abby's mom Kate. "And they are critical for her."
Trained seizure dogs like Kosmo actually alert others when their masters are about to have a seizure. Kosmo runs into Abby's parents' bedroom and wakes them up minutes before Abby begins to seize.
Kate said, "I think after the first time he alerted us was the first time we actually got a good night's sleep in a long, long time."
And Abby is actually having fewer seizures, maybe because she's not so anxious.
"It helps me to stop being scared," Abby said. "I like love him! I love him! He's like a brother I never had."
Then we watch as Abby rubs Kosmo's head and hugs him and says, "I love you boy!"
It's important to note here that Abby does indeed have two brothers, but, yes, Kosmo is unique.