When Glen Schallman visited Humane Society of North Texas he found this little black kitten and already knew that there’s something special with this kitten.
“This little boy and I bonded,” Schallman told The Huffington Post. “He was meowing, trying to get the [shelter worker’s] attention, like, ‘get me out of here!’”
“I took him out and held him, and he kissed my forehead and purred.”
The Black kitten’s name is Blake. Blake the cat did his best to impress his potential human dad. So it’s no surprise that Schallman picked Blake and take him to his forever home. Little did he know that decision would save his life.
Schallman was born with three rare brain condition. Brain conditions called polymicrogyria and unilateral schizencephaly, and a rare brain tumor known as hypothalamic hamartoma.
“I’ve had seizures since I was about 5 years old,” Schallman said, explaining that seizures in his sleep can cause him to stop breathing. He’s woken up choking before, but fears such a seizure could result in his not waking up at all.
Just a couple of days after adopting Blake, Schallman had a seizure while he was sleeping, and awoke to Blake sharply biting his toe.
If Blake hadn’t bitten him, Schallman said, “I probably would not have woken up.”
After that incident Blake already showed a unique ability to detect seizures coming before Schallman showed any symptons.
When Schallman had smaller seizures, he said, “[Blake would] start patting me on my arm,” giving Schallman a look that seemed like, “Are you OK?”
Blake indeed is a very special cat, If it weren’t for Blake, his human dad might have suffered the worse.
“It was meant to be,” Schallman said.