updated 08/26/2011 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/26/2011 AT 3:00 PM ET
The Labradoodle puppies on the lawn were in a licking mood on the day 7-year-old Evan Moss went to visit 4 Paws for Ability in Xenia, Ohio. In August, little Evan traveled from Virginia for his first meeting with the service-dogs-in-training who could one day save his life.
“The dogs kissed me on my face a whole lot,” Evan tells PEOPLE in an excited, squeaky voice. “Too much, actually!”
Little boys might not love getting kisses all the time, but Evan is looking forward to a new best friend to cuddle with in the night.
Since he was an infant, Evan has suffered from epilepsy and its frightening – sometimes deadly – seizures. Because his seizures come around 3 a.m. several times a month, “he’s in our room every night,” says Evan’s mom, Lisa Moss, 42. “Our biggest fear is if we miss a seizure or can’t make one stop when every minute counts.” No one – not Evan, not his parents, not his doctor – can predict when a seizure is imminent.