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I need a diabetic alert dog to help alert me of my low blood sugars while I am alone. I have three small kids that need me around .

I am a type one diabetic.   I often can't recognize when I have low blood sugar.  It is important to detect low blood sugar early because my ability to recognize and act on low blood sugar degrades quickly.

My low blood sugars can easily go unrecognized until it is too late for me to recover from them.  A diabetic alert dog (DAD) would recognize my low blood sugars and alert me while I am still able to act.

A Diabetic Alert Dog — will begin training as a puppy. The puppy will learn how to be a good Service Dog who can alert me to high and low blood sugars.  Like the other puppies in its litter, it will been imprinted from birth with the scent of low and high blood sugars.  It will go everywhere with me and he could save my life.  We will hopefully be to pick the puppy this summer so it can begin its two-year training.
 
not to mention the additional costs for his equipment, the trips to Texas to bring it home, vet bills, and other expenses related to the care and maintenance of a Service Dog.  But the protection the dog will provide for De is priceless! Please make a (tax deductablethreatening.  It will sleep by her side and wake her at night during highs and lows.  It will ride in the car and stop her from driving if her sugars are getting low.  It will watch over her husband is away on business.  It will help keep her safe so he can watch her children grow up and move out into the world.
 
Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease.  With diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin, the chemical that is responsible for processing the body’s blood sugar.  Without insulin, blood sugars will spike out of control, ultimately causing coma and death.  Blood sugars that are not well controlled can cause many serious long term health problems such as kidney disease, heart disease, blindness, limb amputations, and a myriad of other health problems.  The body cannot process oxygen and calories safely while sugars are high, so it would be nearly impossible for an athlete to achieve success with sugars in a high range.  Short–term symptoms of high blood sugar include head-aches, nausea, blurred vision and extreme fatigue.  Imagine trying to chase after three kids when you feel like that!
 
Type 1 Diabetes is treated with injections.  It is very difficult to calculate exactly the right dose of insulin at any given time, and giving too much insulin is extremely dangerous — it can quickly cause life-threatening bouts of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) that can lead to confusion, seizures and death.  Low blood sugars can come on very rapidly with little warning, and are particularly dangerous if the diabetic is sleeping or driving.

Life with Type 1 Diabetes is difficult, and demands a non-stop rhythm of medical intervention.  Days consist of a continuous blur of finger pricks (to test the blood sugar with a glucose meter), insulin injections, carbohydrate calculations, and juice boxes to correct lows.  It is not unusual for her to test 10-12 times in 1 day.  Most diabetics experience unexpected bouts of high or low blood sugar, and some people cannot feel warning symptoms until it is too late.  I often need to be woken up in the middle of the night to check my blood sugar.
 
A  Diabetic Alert Dogs, or DAD’s as they are called, can change a diabetic’s life and reduce this risk.  While they are relatively new in the world of Service Dogs, they have proven time and again that they can and will save their master’s life by alerting them to blood sugar changes sooner and more accurately than the glucose meter.  These dogs can sniff out subtle changes in their person’s blood chemistry, even at a great distance, that are undetectable to humans.  Please help De bring a Diabetic Alert Dog home!

Here are some of the things this fundraiser will help pay for:

Initial cost of the dog (including 8 months of intensive training).
Shipping costs for repeatedly overnightings training months.
Travel costs back & forth from Colorado to Texas to pick up the Diabetic Alert Dog.
Specialized equipment & supplies for Diabetes Alert Dogs.
Ongoing veterinary costs.
Any funds raised after we achieve our goal will be used to help fund other families’ Diabetic Alert Dogs.  (Every diabetic deserves to have a DAD!)
Links to related websites:
Website: s Alert Dogs

Wall Street Journal article on DAD’s: Service Dogs Pick Up Scent of Diabetes Danger


Thank you in advance for your support!I am a type one diabetic.   I often can't recognize when I have low blood sugar.  It is important to detect low blood sugar early because my ability to recognize and act on low blood sugar degrades quickly.

My low blood sugars can easily go unrecognized until it is too late for me to recover from them.  A diabetic alert dog (DAD) would recognize my low blood sugars and alert me while I am still able to act.

A Diabetic Alert Dog — will begin training as a puppy. The puppy will learn how to be a good Service Dog who can alert me to high and low blood sugars.  Like the other puppies in its litter, it will been imprinted from birth with the scent of low and high blood sugars.  It will go everywhere with me and he could save my life.  We will hopefully be to pick the puppy this summer so it can begin its two-year training.
 
The cost of a well-trained Diabetic Alert Dog is very high — not to mention the additional costs for his equipment, the trips to Texas to bring it home, vet bills, and other expenses related to the care and maintenance of a Service Dog.  But the protection the dog will provide for De is priceless! Please make a (tax deductable) donation today and help De get a Diabetic Alert Dog.  While a Service Dog will never be able to prevent De’s lows and highs, it will be able to alert her to the changes before they become life-threatening.  It will sleep by her side and wake her at night during highs and lows.  It will ride in the car and stop her from driving if her sugars are getting low.  It will watch over her husband is away on business.  It will help keep her safe so he can watch her children grow up and move out into the world.
 
Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease.  With diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin, the chemical that is responsible for processing the body’s blood sugar.  Without insulin, blood sugars will spike out of control, ultimately causing coma and death.  Blood sugars that are not well controlled can cause many serious long term health problems such as kidney disease, heart disease, blindness, limb amputations, and a myriad of other health problems.  The body cannot process oxygen and calories safely while sugars are high, so it would be nearly impossible for an athlete to achieve success with sugars in a high range.  Short–term symptoms of high blood sugar include head-aches, nausea, blurred vision and extreme fatigue.  Imagine trying to chase after three kids when you feel like that!
 
Type 1 Diabetes is treated with injections.  It is very difficult to calculate exactly the right dose of insulin at any given time, and giving too much insulin is extremely dangerous — it can quickly cause life-threatening bouts of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) that can lead to confusion, seizures and death.  Low blood sugars can come on very rapidly with little warning, and are particularly dangerous if the diabetic is sleeping or driving.

Life with Type 1 Diabetes is difficult, and demands a non-stop rhythm of medical intervention.  Days consist of a continuous blur of finger pricks (to test the blood sugar with a glucose meter), insulin injections, carbohydrate calculations, and juice boxes to correct lows.  It is not unusual for her to test 10-12 times in 1 day.  Most diabetics experience unexpected bouts of high or low blood sugar, and some people cannot feel warning symptoms until it is too late.  I often need to be woken up in the middle of the night to check my blood sugar.
 
A  Diabetic Alert Dogs, or DAD’s as they are called, can change a diabetic’s life and reduce this risk.  While they are relatively new in the world of Service Dogs, they have proven time and again that they can and will save their master’s life by alerting them to blood sugar changes sooner and more accurately than the glucose meter.  These dogs can sniff out subtle changes in their person’s blood chemistry, even at a great distance, that are undetectable to humans.  Please help De bring a Diabetic Alert Dog home!

Here are some of the things this fundraiser will help pay for:

Initial cost of the dog (including 8 months of intensive training).
Shipping costs for repeatedly overnightings training months.
Travel costs back & forth from Colorado to Texas to pick up the Diabetic Alert Dog.
Specialized equipment & supplies for Diabetes Alert Dogs.
Ongoing veterinary costs.
Any funds raised after we achieve our goal will be used to help fund other families’ Diabetic Alert Dogs.  (Every diabetic deserves to have a DAD!)

Links to related websites:

The Diabetic Alert Dog's Texas-based Trainer’s Website: www.thistleridgeterriers.com
Wall Street Journal article on DAD’s: Service Dogs Pick Up Scent of Diabetes Danger
http://www.ktre.com/story/25487323/thistle-ridge-in-jasper-co-training-diabetic-alert-dogs?utm_content=buffer221e2&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Thank you in advance for your support!

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