I am a father, husband, runner, and photographer. I have 2 kids, a boy and a girl. My girl is a type 1 diabetic, and she has 2 Diabetic Alert Dogs, or DAD’s. They are my running buddies.
Major was our first Diabetic Alert Dog. He is a rescue that our trainer found for us. He was with a different trainer, being trained for field/hunting work, and had a habit of crushing birds, and for that he was abused. He lived on a gun truck for 23 hours a day, and when Crystal found him, he was under weight and covered in urine. Given time and love, he has really blossomed into an amazing DAD. He still doesn’t like to give the tennis ball back though 😉 He is our public access dog, and he is amazing out in public. He has issues with night alerting and car alerting (we believe both stem from his former life)
Raven is the newest edition to our family. Raven has been in the DAD program for awhile, but she has a barking issue and is very high energy, making her tough for a family that needs to send her to school or work. But Raven is an amazing night alerter, and she also works in a car. We initially “borrowed” her in an effort to hopefully train Major, but she became a perfect fit for our family, and now we have “Team Blackdogsrule”