Once again, the intelligence and intuition of my species never ceases to amaze me. I recently came across Power Paws Assistance Dogs, an organization that provides trained dogs for people with disabilities, and found that some of their canine employees are Diabetic Alert Dogs. As I had no idea what this meant, I had to dig further!
After being raised by caring volunteers, these puppies are trained to smell when blood sugar levels increase and decrease in individuals who have Type 1 diabetes. When they graduate from training school, the dogs go home with humans who need them most, many of them children. The sensitive snouts on my fellow man’s best friends allows them to alert their owners before an emergency arises — which at times can save their owner’s lives. Now who doesn’t love a hound hero?!
Also, many people say their Diabetic Alert Dog helps them focus and be independent. As a therapy dog for Cypress HomeCare Solutions, I know how important it is for our clients to stay independent as they age. Like Cypress, Power Paws is helping people live fulfilling lives, and I am so proud to be in the same breed as these power-ful pooches!
Though I think I should probably work on my sniffing skills…