Well, just to let you know, if you are interested, I am writing a blog about Lola my alert dog, as part of my poetry blog. If you’d like to read about her, go to the page beneath and scroll halfway down – on the right will be a photo of Lola in her smart Medical Detection Dog coat, and underneath is information about her.
Hi @Lizz my local hospital at the Bournemouth Endocrine centre has just published (on facebook) a photo of their first doggy helper detecting hypo’s . I left a comment for anyone interested to read your info at Shoot Up or Put Up. No idea what response you’ll get.
Oooh, thank you. Lola is particularly gorgeous, anyone who reads might click their way to Medical Detection Dogs and give a donation to them perhaps, or just learn more about it, so thank you again Katherine.
Yes I do love my facebook( I admit to it) but there is an interesting page on there if anyone wants to look “Diabetic Alert Dogs by Warren Retrievers”. Also there is an “Insulin Gang” for parents with kids who are diabetic and another page for petitioning for pumps.
Don’t worry I do plug SUor PU as its such a down to earth site. I feel the more info that people have on diabetes will benefit everyone long term though.
For those not keen on facebook message me on this site and I may be able to send you related articles or just (Blatantly advertise) like my page Katherine’s Paintings and look there. Sorry if I’m not supposed to do that @Tim and @Alison.
My dog Bella can pick up while i’m asleep if I might be going low. She either growlsat me, scatches at me or scratches at the bedroom door to try and wake me up. I tried to get her registered as a companion dog but she was refused because of her age.
Yes, Bella just started doing this naturally. I didn’t train her at all. Bella is 12 and she has basically only ever known me as diabetic so I guess she is able to pick up on indicative signs of a low. Dr Hardy at the hospital has even had a medical report written up about her.
If you could only combine those two habits, Tim – get your dog to lick the inside of your nose when you need biscuits, and then go and find them, you might be on to something.
Nadine, that’s fantastic – i would be inclined to let your dog sleep in your bedroom. After all, while you are awake you can probably help yourself by keeping an eye doing blood tests, but at night, that’s the danger time. Doesn’t matter if she is registered or not, she’s doing the job.