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September 14, 2018

Hero dog protects diabetic girl by alerting parents when her blood sugar level changes

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A Labrador brought in to assist 4-year-old Sadie, who has Type one diabetes and Down syndrome detected a drop in her blood sugar from five miles away.

According to We Love Animals, the dog named Hero is trained to detect the drop or rise in the blood sugar levels of his human. He was brought in to assist Sadie, whose condition makes it difficult for her parents to keep her blood sugar level stable.

When Sadie’s blood sugar dropped, she was in her classroom at Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills while Hero was at the family’s home in Pleasant Grove. The two locations are more than five miles away.

Suddenly, the dog starting acting strange and started whining uncharacteristically. “He’s normally a very quiet dog,” Michelle told the source. “Whining is not in his protocol. But he just started whining and he would not stop.”

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Apparently, the dog was making Sadie’s mother, Michelle, aware of Sadie’s dropping blood sugar although the child was miles away.

Michelle did not connect his behavior with Sadie’s dropping sugar levels immediately but she texted her teacher and then later called her just in case.

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Sadie’s teacher, Kimberly Stoneman, recalled the phone conversation with Michelle. “[Sadie’s mom] called me and asked if I could check her numbers and they were fine,” she told the online source. “I tested her and it was fine. Then within half an hour, she went down.”

Moments later, her sugar level started dropping from 122 to 82. Michelle explained that lows are more dangerous because it could lead to diabetic coma right away and even death if Sadie did not get proper treatment in time.

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Meanwhile, Hero’s trainer, KC Owens told that she used a bottled scent to train the dog to detect low and high blood sugars. She explained that it was easy to train Hero because the dog was bred for his nose.

In another similar story of a valiant dog coming to human’s rescue, a big shaggy dog named Matyas was recorded on camera saving a little girl from waves at a beach in France.

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