8360095572_f12a856d94_b(1)Yesterday was pasta night at our house. We have kids. Kids like pasta. Pasta is easy. Except for blood sugar control. But we’ve been doing this awhile now, and we have gotten pretty good with our combo bolus ratio on pasta night. 3 hours after dinner, Stella’s blood sugar was 136. Perfect on pasta night. About 5 hours after dinner, we went to bed and checked her again. She was 177, but the meter said she had some insulin on board, so off to bed we went, feeling comfortable with those numbers. Cue dramatic music…

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Can I be honest for a moment? That girl above is my daughter. My baby girl. She is 10 years old. Some days, she looks a lot older to me than she really is. Life with a disease forces you to grow up a little faster. I like to talk a lot about all the things she can do, she can eat, she can be, even with the life long diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. But I’m going to let you in on a secret…

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6131077055_5ddf18bbac_b(3)The picture above was taken the very first day we met Major. What an emotional day that was. Exciting, scary, happy, it ran the gamut of emotions. We didn’t get to keep him that day, he was still very much in training, so as we watched him leave, we were also sad. But we knew he was still continuing his training of being a lifesaver for my daughter, and it was only a couple of months later before he was permanently placed with us. More »

1064045_647131391981763_3575066_oRaven is super smart. She is also stubborn as hell. In a service dog, that is a line that needs to be straddled cautiously. She KNOWS it all. And she is super confidant. She is also a goof ball. And her spirit can’t be broken. Her tail never stops wagging. She has a zest for life. And she slobbers. Almost on cue. In an instant. More »

Major&StellaI am not a dog trainer. I am a parent of a child with type 1 diabetes. And I’m a dog lover. I am always looking for a tool to help make diabetes management easier and safer for my child and a dog lover. So when my wife and I heard about DAD’s, we were very interested.

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8499608976_c994845dbc_bFresh off the heels of yesterday’s post about setting your dog up for success, comes this story from last night. Not only is it important to pattern your day for success, I can’t reiterate how important it is to know your dog, and learn their activity/sleep patterns. We have learned that Raven sleeps heaviest from 11-1 every night, and won’t alert between those times. More »

8733373815_d028cb96b1_bAt our house, we work hard and we play hard. That goes double for the Labs. Diabetic alert dogs use scent, and are “on duty” 24 hours a day, as they can’t turn their noses off, whereas some other types of service dogs can be off duty when home, or when the vest comes off.

As such, we try and build in some routine to our day, to know that when we need the dogs most, they will be rested and ready to perform, not exhausted or burnt out from the days activities. More »

When we talk about service dogs and training, we often talk about the need for training to continue forever. People assume service dogs are fully trained, and don’t need anymore. Untrue. Just like you and I, the dogs are pretty much “use it or lose it” . Whether it is for a newly learned behavior or scenario, or continuing training sessions/brush up sessions, something is happening everyday. Here is a perfect case in point, Night Alerting

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