Diabetes-alert dog a life-saver for boy
Five-year-old Lucien Gautreaux of Barnstead, a Type 1 diabetic, andhis new best friend, 4-month-old Shadow, a trained diabetes alert dog. (DAN SEUFERT)
Boy and dog hit it off instantly, and Luc grew very excited as they played on the floor.
But before Williams could get the blood sugar meter, she felt a firm paw on her leg. Shadow, a trained diabetic alert dog, had smelled an odor that diabetics emit when their sugar is high and was calling for help.
Luc's sugar had gone up to 312, likely due to his excitement with the new dog. Williams quickly gave him some insulin, and Luc was back to his happy, otherwise normal self.
"This is making me emotional, I'm sorry," said his mother, Amanda Gautreaux. "That dog is going to save his life. It's a miracle."
"It's a matter of scent abilities," Gray said. "Shadow's natural response is to feel the stress of his human. He feels the stress and he knows by the scent when something is wrong with him.
And after some insulin, Luc did get happy, and so did Shadow.
"He used to be so sick," said his mother, tearfully. "Then we got him on insulin, but we have to watch him so carefully. But now, this dog … 'happy' doesn't even begin to express the sense of relief I feel, and all this from a puppy."
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