You may think that ‘sniffer’ dogs are only to be found at border crossings, on the hunt for illegal narcotics. But these specially trained dogs with their incredible sense of smell can also be lifesavers. They can detect a chemical found in our breath that can provide a flag to warn of dangerously low blood sugar levels in patients with type 1 diabetes.
Diabetes Assist Dogs are trained to alert the person with diabetes by touching them in a significant way such as pawing or nudging. The canine partner can also be trained to get help from another person in the house, get an emergency phone or retrieve juice or glucose tabs. Training a service dog is costly, taking months of full-time instruction, socialization and exposure to a variety of situations.
Young Jack from Texas was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 2. His parents have had to constantly monitor his blood sugar levels throughout both the day and night. Diabetes is not only a threat to young Jack, but such a monitoring regimen quickly becomes exhausting and can adversely impact the caregiver’s health.
A Diabetes Assist Dog would provide Jack another layer of security and a friendly and watchful presence. The dog would become a constant companion for Jack and serve as an early warning system to help his parents maintain their son’s diabetic control and afford them greater peace of mind.
WCF has partnered with the annual Schooley Mountain Baseball Benefit to help fund a special canine companion for Jack and to support other families with special needs. By supporting WCF, your gift will help enhance Jack’s life and the lives of others with different but similarly pressing needs.
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