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.

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

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

Leslie is Early Alert’s newest diabetic alert trainee

Early Alert Canines welcomes its first Golden Retriever trainee: meet Leslie, a former breeder for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Leslie, a diabetic alert dog-in-training for Early Alert Canines

Leslie is a 3/4 golden retriever, 1/4 labrador female who just turned three years old in October 2011. She was retired as a breeder for Guide Dogs for the Blind after her first litter. She had 8 puppies in March 2011 and is ready to move on from being a mom to being an assistance dog for Early Alert Canines. She currently lives at home with the family who raised her as a guide dog puppy and shares her home with two kids (ages 3, 6), two other golden retrievers, two cats, eight chickens, a guinea pig, and two fish. Her favorite day time activities include eating, playing with a tennis ball, lying on your feet and going for walks. Most of all, she loves to be with people!

Here are some photos of Leslie growing up:

Early Alert Canine Leslie with puppy Cavalia

Leslie and Cavalia

Four Douglas girls

Leslie and her sisters at home in June 2010

EAC dog Leslie

Leslie at a baseball game while in training for Guide Dogs for the Blind

Leslie relaxing in front of the fireplace at home

Leslie relaxing in front of the fireplace at home

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