Woman Texts Daughter's Teacher After Dog Starts Acting Strangely, Gets Surprising Reply

A service dog is supposed to raise the alarm when he senses danger; that's a given. But one service dog's keen senses seemed downright psychic when he warned a mom that her little girl was headed for medical trouble. The little girl was five miles away at the time.

Sadie is four years old and suffers from Down syndrome and Type 1 diabetes. Lucky for her, she has Hero. Hero is a Labrador specially trained as a diabetic alert dog.

Hero was trained to sniff out high and low blood sugar. When Sadie's blood sugar is getting high, Hero puts his nose in her parents’ right hand. When it gets low, Hero alerts her parents by pawing their left hand.

"I'll hold out my hands and say, what is it?" says Sadie's mom, Michelle. Hero will respond.

High blood sugar is normally known to be dangerous, but low blood sugar for type 1 diabetic children poses a more immediate risk for diabetic coma. Parents have to stay on alert, particularly at night when the child is sleeping and most vulnerable to sudden blood sugar drops. Hero allowed the family to sleep soundly again.

One day, Hero started acting funny. "He's normally a very quiet dog. Whining is not in his protocol. But he just started whining and he would not stop," Michelle said.

Michelle called the school as a precaution, and Sadie's blood sugar was tested. She was fine-- at that moment. Some 30 minutes later, her blood sugar dropped dangerously low.

"I'll be honest, it kinda blew my mind," said Sadie's principal, Caroline Knadler.

"How can it be based on smell?" Caroline asked. "It really got me thinking. What is Hero alerting on?"

Hero's trainer says that dogs with sensitive noses can detect blood sugar fluctuations from one or two miles away-- but Sadie was five miles away when Hero alerted her mom, and this was 30 minutes before the blood sugar actually dropped.

"I can't explain it. It's a God thing. I think it's like mother's intuition. These dogs have abilities and senses beyond our understanding," said Sadie's dad. "That's why we're thankful to have Hero, he's the one who saves her more times than not."

Source: KUTV
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