“Hi. My name is Darwin. I am a Diabetic Alert Dog. I alert this girl’s parents when she is having a high or a low blood sugar. The parents reward me with Cheerios but I think I deserve a STEAK. After all I save the girl’s life all the time. If you agree, please like this. The girl’s parents said id I get 10.000 lkes I get a STEAK. Thank you!” ~~ This photo was originally posted on Face Book; and although I’ve written about Darwin in the past, if you haven’t had the opportunity to meet this regal, layed-back, newly graduated black Lab and his 4- year- old charge, please check into their new blog (hilariously written from Darwin’s perspective, and voiced by his human mom.) DarwintheDAD.com
Laura and Darwin just graduated from EAC as a certified diabetic alert dog team. Since Laura, being only 5, is too young to be Darwin’s designated handler, “Team Darwin” includes her parents also.
It is impossible for me to express how the life of a family with a young diabetic child changes once a DAD (Diabetic Alert Dog) enters the household. Many parents have said that they have a huge sense of relief knowing they have yet another team member to watch over their child, in a way that they cannot. The dogs help bring a sense of peace of mind, increased safety, caring, companionship and friendship to all, not just the immediate family.
Because Darwin has been trained to have two distinctive alerts, one for highs and another for low/dropping blood sugars, Darwin’s alerting is also allowing Laura to identify the sensations of high and low blood sugars, give them appropriate names, and verbalize the feelings. This is an incredible and unforeseen gift! The world of how these dogs help us continues to evolve.
Hooray for “Team Darwin!” And, as for my alert dog Rainie, I believe her preferred reward for alerting me would be either pumpkin pie, or graham crackers with peanut-butter.