Woman's canine 'lifeline' goes missing in Dover

(11/29/04) MORRISTOWN A Morristown woman who suffers from seizures is desperately searching for the special dog she calls her lifeline.

Allison Porteous dog, Happy, is trained to navigate her to a safe place when she suffers a seizure. Using what Porteous calls a sixth sense, Happy will begin acting differently when he notices his owner is about to be in trouble. He will start to disobey Porteous in order to signal an oncoming seizure, something training experts call obedient disobedience.

Porteous lost her animal as she departed a train at the Dover train station. She says the leash somehow became detached from Happys collar. Witnesses last reported seeing the dog, a 72-pound German Shepherd-Husky mix, running along Route 46 in Dover. Happy is black with tan markings, and Porteous says he has a star in the middle of his chest.

The company that sold the dog to Porteous, The Amazing Tales Organization, is offering a $1,000 reward for the animal. Anyone with information on Happys whereabouts is encouraged to call (973) 262-2026.

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