Just as in all good stories of boys and their dogs, Dezmond Hill, 18, and Shadow, his service dog, are heroes.
Both fight Hill’s epilepsy every day and night. So far they are winning, but their journey is epic.
In two years together, Shadow, a pit bull-Labrador retriever-cross trained as an alert and rescue seizure dog, has saved Hill’s life at least seven times.
Hill, who has multiple kinds of seizures and takes as many as 26 pills a day to keep them at bay, has played sports, participated in Marine ROTC and worked hard academically.
He will graduate this spring from Rio Grande High School and Shadow will be where he always is – at Hill’s side.