Upon seeing Chloe for the first time, I was in love with her beauty and playful personality. She had the reputation of the “goofy Golden” in class and would always pull on the leash when I was practicing with her. She was very young when I met her but she was (and continues to be) always great at alerting. Her quirky side remains, although maturity and continued practice have helped reduce her not-so-cute puppy behaviors. Through support from D4D (especially her awesome puppy raisers), Chloe has grown into a wonderful medical assistance dog!
I work at a school and bring Chloe with me daily into classrooms and meetings within the district. In addition to minimizing my blood glucose swings, she also adds to the quality of my work. I always have something to talk about with my students and co-workers. Chloe is a part of our campus; she even has her own staff badge!
I did not have many interactions with other Type 1 diabetics while growing up. As a young adult, diabetes was a manageable but lonely disease. When I was living on my own, I was running my sugars high for fear I would drop low with nobody to help me. Now, after joining D4D, I’ve found a community of people I can relate to and share experiences with. They became my diabetes community and support group. This, truly, was my first pull toward the organization—my love for the dogs and their amazing work came soon after.
Chloe’s gift to me is immeasurable in the way she keeps me happy, healthy and safe. There is no doubt she adds quality to each day we spend together. My BG highs and lows are not as extreme, surely adding years to my life. Even when I’m down about diabetes or am stressed out, she stares at me with her puppy-like grin that says, “It’s okay. Let’s play!”