"Life with diabetes is exhausting, and life with diabetes in
a non-diabetic family and circle of friends is sometimes lonely.
Dela changed that for me. Dela is my medical alert service dog that
I received from Dogs 4 Diabetics a year and a half ago. It is difficult
for me to put into words what Dela has done for me. I have had type
1 diabetes for fourteen years, and when I was first diagnosed, I
felt like my life was over. Early on, I was told that having diabetes
is like having a permanent part time job from which I can never
take time off. Now with Dela, I can at least job share the work
of catching hypoglycemic episodes. Dela is always working and always
right. The best part for me is that when she helps me, it's non-judgmental.
She is my constant companion."
"I definitely think that Nico has helped me keep better track
of my health and has saved my life on numerous instances. He has
woken me up on very severe lows, when I wasn't really coherent.
I think the lowest he has alerted me was 36. I think that Dogs4Diabetics
does an absolutely wonderful thing. They place dogs with people,
which do an amazing service both medically and emotionally, for
free. It's an amazing service that people do for other people!"
"I'm absolutely confident in the life-long partnership I have now
formed with Cody. I'm an active, friendly, laid-back young woman
who loves walks in the redwoods, trips to the beach, and nights
at the theater, and can benevolently tolerate throwing a tennis
ball with a Chuck-it for hours on end. Cody is an active, friendly,
laid-back Golden Retriever who loves walks in the redwoods, trips
to the beach, fetching a tennis ball from a Chuck-it, and can benevolently
tolerate nights at the theater for hours on end. He is my ever-present
alert system, my freedom, my devoted partner in the minute-to-minute
care of my chronic condition, and the light of my life."
"My first few months with Destiny were very exciting. It was a brand
new experience for me. All of a sudden, I had a dog everywhere I
went. It became second nature to me to rattle off assistance dog
accessibility laws, and put little plastic baggies in all of my
pursesójust in case. I started working with Destiny on the final
phase of hypoglycemia alert training. I was in constant contact
with D4D staff members who helped me fine-tune Destiny's alerts
to get her up to a 95% accuracy level!"
"As the mother of a child living with Type 1 Diabetes, every day
has been like walking a tightrope as I've tried to balance insulin,
carbohydrates, exercise, and blood sugar testing with our 12 year
old daughter, Kristin. Our lives have completely changed since we
have received our amazing dog, Rochelle, from Dogs 4 Diabetics.
Rochelle is so amazing, and we are so grateful to have her be part
of our life. The other day we had Kristin's 3 month check-up at
Children's Hospital. Her average blood sugar is in an excellent
range. Her doctors were especially thrilled with her blood sugar
levels from the last two weeks -- no dangerous lows, and no