Tatiana: Hearing Dog
"She is the most beautiful, selfless, and intelligent being I know,” says Christina Saint-Blacard of her dog, Tatiana. Christina has Ménière's disease, which causes her to have episodes of incapacitating vertigo and has damaged her hearing. But Tatiana, who is is trained as a hearing dog for the deaf, does much more than hear the things Christina can’t. She also alerts her before she’s about to have a seizure, giving her time to get to the safest place available.
Moreover, when asthma stopped Christina’s breathing in the middle of the night one evening, it was Tatiana who woke her family, thus saving Christina’s life. When Christina graduated from Purdue University, Tatiana got her own diploma from the school. It reads, “Master of Friendship and Guidance.”