Meet Quinn, the Narcolepsy Service Dog

Quinn is not your typical Great Dane.

With her official name being BOSS GCh Paquestone’s Quinn Essential CGN NTD-M ITD, Quinn is a special dog. Her handler (and mom!), Michelle Weger, is owner of Venture Creative Collective, a well regarded business advisory, automation, and website development company. 

Outside of her service work, Quinn competes in conformation dog shows. She earned her Canadian Grand Champion title before she turned 2 years old. In addition, as a puppy she was ranked as the #1 Female Great Dane puppy in all of Canada for the majority of 2022.

Paquestones Quinn Essential Narcolepsy Service Dog
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Common Questions About Quinn

Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that causes excessive daytime sleepiness and sudden sleep attacks, as well as other symptoms such as cataplexy, sleep paralysis, and hallucinations upon sleeping and waking. It is believed that Narcolepsy is caused by a lack of the chemical hypocretin in the brain. There is no cure for narcolepsy.

  • Trained to notice the small changes that take place when a person with narcolepsy is about to have cataplexy + nudge them to alert to it. She will escalate the intensity of the alerts if not listened to. This helps to prevent the handler from falling or getting hurt from cataplexy.
  • Waking the owner up if they sleep through the alarm clock.
  • Fetch medication or other objects.
  • Reminding the person to take medicine.

Quinn completed over 1000 hours of training by the time she was 2 years old. She actively continues to learn new skills and does training at least once per week to this day.

Yes! Quinn has flown on 37 individual flights as of January 25th 2023. She sits in the foot space of her handler’s feet. You’d be surprised how small such a big dog can get!

Quinn weighs 120lbs. Quinn is expected to be closer to 130lbs by age 3 when she finishes growing.

Quinn eats 4lbs of raw food each day.
How Quinn is Making a Difference
You Can't Ask That
Quinn was featured in AMI’s You Can’t Ask That TV Show to answer Canadian’s anonymous questions about service dogs.
Traveling with Disability
Quinn was featured in CBC Marketplace’s Travelling with Disability segment to raise awareness of the challenges that are present for people with disabilities in Canada.
Quinn Featured
on The National
Quinn on Breed
DNA Testing

Quinn was featured in CBC Pet DNA Testing episode. She helped shed light on what consumers should expect and point out the problems within the industry.

Quinn on CBC Marketplace - Traveling with Disability
Quinn on The National
Quinn on Breed DNA Testing
quinn in bathtub postcard

Despite all of her achievements, when she isn’t working, Quinn is just like any other dog and loves playing frisbee and going on adventures with her family.

What makes Quinn truly special are her talents, which include scent detection, agility, and using buttons to communicate. These skills were honed during her training with Maximus, Michelle’s first narcolepsy service dog. When Quinn was fully trained, Maximus retired from service work and Quinn took over as Michelle’s day-to-day service dog. Unfortunately, Maximus passed away in December 2022 at the age of 12.

Quinn is a popular figure on social media with her very own Instagram account. Join Quinn and her family as they continue to break barriers and raise awareness for narcolepsy service dogs.

You can follow her journey and see her in action on Instagram and TikTok:

michelle with quinn outside blue sky
michelle nabil quinn 40 under 40 tl
quinn winning award outside