Companion dogs alert owners to changing blood sugar levels

Jennifer Shaw, a reporter for the Contra Costa Times, recently wrote an article about Early Alert Canines. Here’s an excerpt of her story:

Four women and a child can now move through their days with a little less angst because of the prompts they now get, be they a gentle nudge, or a more boisterous pawing.

Chrystal Mota, of Sacramento, crosses the street with her service dog Leslie, from Early Alert Canines
Photo by Dan Honda, CCT staff photographer

The nonprofit, Concord-based Early Alert Canines recently trained and matched these Type 1 diabetics with dogs that can detect the subtle scents of low blood sugars.

“We can’t smell it … It gets down to a molecular level,” says organization executive director Carol Edwards, noting the detection of a “cocktail of chemicals,” such as acetone, adrenaline and endorphins, which are released into the bloodstream as a diabetic’s glucose is dropping.

Read Jennifer’s full post.

Join Early Alert Canines at DYF Day on Sunday, April 2012

Join us on Sunday, April 29, 2012 for the Diabetic Youth Foundation’s DYF Day at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek

DYF DAY is a campaign to empower people affected by type 1 diabetes. Early Alert Canines will be there–come out and say hello and meet some of our dogs!

Where: Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek, CA
Get directions to the event.

Visit DYF’s website for more event information.

Please give EAC a review!

Early Alert Canines is now accepting reviews and recommendations on the Great Non Profits website here:

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Early Alert Canines hosts orientation class for new diabetic alert dog applicants

Today Early Alert Canines (EAC) is hosting an orientation class for type 1 diabetics interested in getting diabetic alert dogs (DADs). It’s an exciting day for a lot of us, but especially for these new prospective clients!

Below are Nathan and Tyler with Early Alert diabetic alert dogs Rainie and Hoops.

Early Alert diabetic alert dog applicant

Join us November 12 in Castro Valley for a fundraising dinner

On November 12, 2011, the Castro Valley Moose Lodge is hosting a dinner to benefit Early Alert Canines, and we hope you’ll join us!

Where: 20835 Rutledge Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546-5418
When: Drinks at 6pm; dinner starts at 7pm

Dinner will include salad, roast beef, green beans almandine, scalloped potatoes, and triple berry chocolate torte.

After dinner there will be dancing to a live band, Triple Play.

Tickets are $18. Please call 510-537-0830 to reserve your spot. We hope to see you there!

Early Alert Canines recruits reach out to East Bay community

Two of Early Alert’s hypoglycemia alert dogs in training were in the East Bay today to get the word out about EAC. Hoops and Leslie worked our booth at the 19th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Run to help spread the word about EAC’s medical alert assistance dogs for type 1 diabetics.

Early Alert Canines diabetic alert dogs-in-training

Leslie (front) and Hoops

Early Alert Canines volunteers and these two soon-to-be diabetic alert dogs met with runners and other members of the East Bay community to talk about the life-saving impact these dogs can have in the lives of diabetics.

Hypoglycemia alert dog Leslie greets a baby and her mom

Leslie says hello to a baby at the event

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