FLOYD Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Dogs provide companionship, protection and medical assistance.
This is especially true for Teresa Warrix who was diagnosed with her first brain tumor in 1997.
"I've had two brain tumors," Warrix said. "I presently have a brain tumor and an aneurysm that they're watching."
When it comes to caring for her animals her diagnosis does not slow her down.
Most of dogs are rescues, including Who-Lee-O, who was left homeless after Hurricane Katrina.
Warrix said,"I rescued him thinking I was giving him a chance, but he has saved my life and been a life savor for me."
Veterinarians at the Letcher County Outpost Animal Clinic said Who-Lee-O is Warrix's medical alert dog.
"He's not your typical dog," said Veterinarian Carol Combs-Morris. "He will sleep all day, but if something is going on he's glued to her."
Warrix calls him her lifeline.
"He has saved my live three times when I had grand mal seizures by holding me up and keeping me from aspirating," said Warrix.
Friday morning the service dog went out for his morning routine and disappeared.
Taking a bath, driving and running errands alone are all impossible without her seizure assistance dog.
"'I'm kinda like a dog on a chain because I have to always be where somebody can watch me," Warrix said.
She is hoping someone will bring her companion back home soon.
Veterinarians are encouraging anyone with more information to call the Letcher County Outpost Animal Clinic at 606-633-8804.
There is a cash reward for the dogs safe return.