If Terry McGlade did not have his service dog Major, he might be suffering from a multitude of medical problems. But just this week, Major came to the veteran’s rescue and dialed 9-1-1 to bring help to McGlade during an intense seizure.
According to a report from MyFoxPhilly.com, McGlade suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after being wounded in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb. After he returned home from the military, McGlade brought Major, a Pit Bull and Labrador mix trained to help sense seizures, into his home to help him cope with his symptoms.
During a recent attack, when no one else was around, Major grabbed McGlade’s cellphone and stepped on the screen of the phone to call for help. Since McGlade often has seizures, his phone is set up to make emergency calls easily.
Although Major did not bark to alert the emergency dispatcher, medical teams were dispatched to McGlade’s house after the dog called the center multiple times. When they got to the house, Major was sitting in the front yard waiting for them. The dog then led the emergency crew to McGlade, who was lying on the ground unconscious.
"Right now, he is my world because he is an extension to my body,” McGlade told reporters. “I don't think I could operate in the everyday world without him right now."