RISING SUN — In a family living room with three kids moving constantly, Hulu kept her eyes on Trace.
Hulu, a golden retriever and Labrador retriever mix and the newest member of the Coudon family, is a service dog for Trace, 7. Hulu came to the family after a two-year process through 4 Paws for Ability, an Ohio-based nonprofit that trains dogs for those with disabilities.
Trace has a rare form of epilepsy called autosomal dominant nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy. When he was 5 years old, Trace would have clusters of seizures in the middle of the night and become disoriented and agitated. Sometimes it would take days to recover.
That agitation would lead to behavioral issues and repetitive motions.
Now thanks to medical intervention — and with help from Hulu — the seizures come with less frequency and less intensity and the dog is a calming influence, diffusing that agitated state.