"He will warn me when my blood sugar is about 75 on the way down, and
at 75 I can still function very well.
Somebody around me wouldn't notice it," Fode said.
Fode has had diabetes 48 years. She's no longer able to tell when her blood sugar level gets too high or low.
"I have insulin reactions really quickly, and my blood sugar goes up very quickly", Fode said. Before Dawn had the dog,
she had several scary situations where her blood sugar level got too low. "A couple of them at work when I was working
with patients, a couple in the car when I got lost and couldn't find my way to where I was supposed to be going"
When Fode's blood sugar is out of the normal range, Teddy alerts Fode
by tapping her on her hand. How does Teddy know?
He can, thank his good sense of smell, plus hours of training.
Sanford's Dr. David
Nelson says "When the body is going high on blood sugar, it will produce ketones
the dog can smell.
And when they go low, the body is breaking down amino acids and putting off a urea the dog can smell."
It's a sense of smell that could not only prove to be lifesaving but
has also formed a bond between a woman and her
new best friend. "If I walk out of the house and he's not with me, he gets very anxious. He always wants to be
right next to me and follows me around the house when I'm at home," Fode said.
Dawn purchased Teddy from an organization, Scent
Angels in the Twin Cities area. He wasn't covered by insurance.
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Congratulations! Bonnie & Lehigh passed their Public Access TestOctober 2013.
They are now an official diabetic alert dog team through our owner training program.
Bonnie & husband Bill worked hard to to turn their very active pet Lehigh (Labradoodle) into a successful D.A.D.
They live in neighboring Wisconsin, which helped us be able to meet as needed.
A wonderful accomplishment.