Yesterday was a special day for three special dogs who will move on to do special work.
One of the three dog graduates is a diabetes alert dog. The pooch is trained to sniff dangerous blood sugar levels in his owner. The three special dogs graduated from the Working Dog Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, in Grays Ferry.
Bretagne, a Golden Retriever, was the first dog trained at Penn Vet for diabetes detection. Her new owner, Wayne Mowry, has Type 1 diabetes.
Wayne says he can sleep a lot easier now that Bretagne is by his side. The pooch will alert him when his blood sugar level is low by pawing him – a seemingly simple process that could potentially save his life.
“You become unaware of your low blood sugars,” he explains. “What mostly happens is that you start to sweat, and it’s usually at night with your low blood sugar. So that’s where my biggest fear is, having those low blood sugars. And that’s where 75 percent of diabetic’s problems’ are, at night, because you are asleep.”
A Labrador Retriever named is also graduating from the program. The Lab will go on to train with the New Jersey State Police in narcotics detection.
Another Labrador named Thunder will work with New Jersey’s “Task Force One” in search and rescue.
“It is truly a graduation,” said Dr. Cindy Otto, founder of the Working Dog. “It’s the pride, but also the little bit of loss of something that we have helped nurture. And the pride is that they are now able to be so successful and take all of the tools that they got here and go out and do a job and have a career.”
We’re excited for more special dogs to graduate!
Source: CBS Philly