Dogs, long used by law enforcement and the military to sniff out drugs and bombs, are now being trained to detect high and low blood sugar levels in their handlers.
Created by the Dallas-based Diabetes Friendly Foundation, the “K-9 for Kids” program provides assistance in locating Diabetic Alert Dogs (DADs) while also providing funding for the training and placement of the animals for families in need.
“Every 24 hours, 4,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with diabetes according to the Center for Disease Control,” said Cole Egger, Founder of the Diabetes Friendly Foundation. “Parents of children with diabetes constantly have to check their child’s blood sugar throughout the day and night in order to prevent severe consequences caused by fluctuating blood sugar levels. With a diabetes alert dog, some of the strain and fear of these dangerous side effects of diabetes is lifted.”
To build awareness of the DADs and the “K-9 for Kids” program, the Diabetes Friendly Foundation is hosting “K-9 for Kids Fundraiser” on November 13 at the Fashion Industry Gallery (FIG) in downtown Dallas.
In addition to live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, a doggie boutique, and silent auction, the event will feature the night’s honored guest – The Wildrose Kennel, select families and Diabetic Alert Dogs and puppies.
Following are two testimonials about the Diabetic Alert Dogs:
“We were very lucky to have Mallie (a Diabetic Alert Dog),” said Crystall Young, mother of 19-month- old Ean, who has Type 1 diabetes. “She truly is an amazing alert dog. She alerted me at times when I wouldn’t have thought I needed to check on Ean. There were times when Ean was outside playing and she would alert from inside.”
“Without JD, my diabetes alert dog, I was afraid to do a lot of things but JD has given me the confidence to live my life now and to not be afraid anymore,” said Deanna Whitehead, a teenager with Type 1 diabetes. “I trust him to take care of me and it’s an awesome feeling. I love JD.”
For more information, visit the Diabetes Friendly Foundation website www.diabetesfriendly.org