An awesome chocolate Labrador sniffs out peanuts to protect his student owner who has a severe peanut allergy.
Mark Brady Lerille, a University of Louisiana student who is fatally allergic to peanuts, has been given a four-legged buddy to protect him from his potentially deadly allergy.
Chance, a chocolate Labrador, was trained to detect peanuts in public places. Brady said Chance’s presence has changed his life. Brady takes Chance everywhere – around the campus, to restaurants, at home and on trips with family and friends.
Before he adopted Chance four years ago, Brady would go into severe shock at least once a year.
“One day my mum said she read something about dogs that can find peanuts so I started doing some research,” he said.
In 2011, Brady reached out to Southern Star Ranch – a facility that train dogs to sniff out such hazards.
Sharon Sherry, the owner of the ranch, says,“Regardless of how well trained a detector dog is, they are only as good as their handler – they are a team. The handler spends two weeks training with the dog before they then take them home.”
When he was 2, Brady ate peanut butter and broke out in hives – that’s when his family found out about his allergy.
Being near peanuts is so dangerous for him that Chance has been trained to sniff out his entire surroundings!
Since adopting Chance,Brady has not needed to receive a potentially life-saving shot. The Labrador is quite a professional at work, too! He wears his vest while on duty and is not allowed to be petted without Brady’s permission.
“He gets extra excited if he sees his working vest in my hand, he absolutely loves going to work,” Brady said. “When he finds a peanut he gets so excited – his ears perk up and his eyes get really big.”
Once he finds the peanuts, Chance is trained to point his nose within half an inch of the object so that it can be removed.
He will then be given his favorite toy or a treat!
“I was jinxed from the beginning – my parents called me Peanut when I was in my mother’s womb,” Brady said. “It makes me chuckle just thinking about it, but I wouldn’t want my life any other way.I have met a lot of cool people because of my allergies and I also have an amazing companion because of it.”
Source: Mail Online