Dona and Paxon (Yellow Labrador Retriever)
and I live in
am honored to be an Epi Guardian Angel, and my desire is to provide you and
your dog with the level of information and support that Paxon and I received
when we found the Epi Guardian Angels. I would like to share Paxon’s story
is a Career Change Guide Dog, born May 10, 2001.
He was released from the program when it was discovered that he has
mild elbow dysplasia during the routine x-rays that are given all the Guide
Dogs at 8 months of age. I started volunteering for the Guide Dogs after
meeting a neighbor’s career-change Yellow Lab Guide Dog.
I used to baby-sit him when his “parents” were traveling, and I
just adored this dog. Being
around him made me want to adopt a dog of my own, and I so filled out the
paperwork and went through the interview process at the Guide Dogs in
is a big, tall Yellow Lab, weighing 102 pounds.
He's so handsome and friendly that people often stop me at the dog
park and when we are out doing errands to comment on his good looks.
He is very light for a Yellow Lab – almost white – and in
striking contrast he has beautiful dark eyes and a coal black nose.
I was once asked by a total stranger “do you put eyeliner on your
dog only when you take him for a walk, or do you put it on him every morning
no matter what?" Please
know that I do not put make-up on my dog . . . although he is so
good-natured he would probably let me.
turned six on May 10, 2007, but he still acts like a big puppy.
I always tell people that he is the smartest “person” that I
know. He is very motivated by
food, and so is easy to train. He knows 18 tricks very well and enjoys
learning new ones. He learns very quickly and after being shown a trick two
or three times, as long as a treat is involved, he never forgets it.
He is very sweet and sociable, gets along well with all other dogs,
people and most cats. The only
thing Paxon loves more than food is the water.
If there is a puddle, he's in the middle of it, and he swims in the
pool every day.
is my constant companion and I take him everywhere that I can.
I work from home several days per week and he typically sleeps on my
feet or on the bed while I work (my job involves being on the computer and
phone all day long). He sleeps
inside at night - the couch in the family room is his bed.
He is never left outside by himself.
Paxon loves to go out, and each day we either take a long walk around
the neighborhood or go up to the friendly local dog park.
Paxon had a Grand Mal seizure – seemingly out of nowhere - on June 9, 2006. There were a few warning signs, but at the time I didn’t realize it. I had never seen a seizure before, and had no idea that dogs could even have seizures. He was rushed to the emergency room and spent several days on valium drips and going through many tests with a neurologist; blood work, MRI’s, CAT Scans, Spinal Taps, etc.. I received a very grim diagnosis from the neurologist, but had found the Epi Canine Guardian Angels site the night of Paxon’s seizure. I sent an email, and quickly received a response, filled with information and with hope. I was devoted to making sure that all of Paxon’s days were filled with as much happiness and love as possible, and I decided then and there to follow all the advice and recommendations that I was given by Joanne, Guardian Angel Avionda and the Epi Guardian Angels site. Paxon has been seizure-free since June 10, 2006. The Guardian Angels saved his life.