D4D in the News:
July 26, 2018
The Diablo Gazette – 11th Annual Superhero Walk for Dogs4Diabetics
This is a story about our recent 11th Annual Superhero themed Walk for the Dogs at Heather Farm Park on Saturday, June 9th.
to support Type 1 Diabetics by providing service dogs that empower and transform their quality of life today.
April 11, 2017
Ukiah Daily Journal – Wild Cat first responder – Raising funds for 5K
This is the story of D4D client, Clayton Ronk, who participates in the First Responder Training Program at Ukiah High School. The story provides insight into his life with Type I diabetes and the way Whitley has changed his life.
July 14, 2016
Rice Lake Weighing Systems – The Nose Knows
One of the leading companies in the world of weights and measures, Rice Lake was very interested in the scientific processes used to train dogs for hypoglycemic alert and how they are supported to maintain their skills. Mark Ruefenacht, the founder of Dogs for Diabetics, used his unique combination of scientific knowledge and life experiences to formulate this approach to serve persons with diabetes.
October 6, 2015
Medscape.com – Blood Glucose Dogs – Dogs Alert Vulnerable Diabetes Patients
An informative story about programs around the world offering these dogs. The article provides some excellent information from D4D Founder, Mark Ruefenacht, regarding how to select a program if you are seeking a hypoglycemic alert dog.
August 27, 2015
Hachette Books – Elle & Coach
This is a wonderful story about a young girl’s life with Type I diabetes, from diagnosis to placement with a great medical-alert assistance dog, Coach. It relates the transforming experience that gives her and her family confidence for her future. The book relates stories that are very similar to those shared by many parents and teens who have dealt with the difficulties of diabetes and enjoyed success with the wonderful service dogs that assist them in staying safe. The story does not go into detail into the time and effort required to develop the skills and bond that will result in a long-term successful relationship between the handler and their dog to sustain the trained skill over the 8 to 10 year working life of the dog. This book is not about Dogs for Diabetics, but we felt it of importance regarding the story of Elle’s success with her skilled medical-alert assistance dog. Enjoy!
August 19, 2015
Inside Bay Area, My Town – Albany, Dogs may hold key to monitoring blood sugar
This a story about Albany City Treasurer, Kim Denton, being paired with Hatcher, a yellow lab medical-alert assistance dog, trained by Dogs for Diabetics. Denton, diagnosed with Type I diabetes 40 years ago, has recently seen her blood sugars become much more difficult to control resulting in several serious events, including passing out and having seizures. She sought support from Dogs for Diabetics to help her stay safe. She is working hard to develop her partnership with Hatcher, monitoring her low blood sugar episodes and his alerts on a daily basis. The objective of her effort is to reach 80% accuracy in his identification of her low blood sugars in order to graduate as a permanent team under Dogs4Diabetics placement program. Dogs for Diabetics provides its dogs and services at no charge to its clients, through donations from individuals, foundations and corporate partnerships.
U.S. Department of Justice – Frequently Asked Questions – Service Animals and the ADA
This is an updated brochure that answers many questions about rights of disabled persons to obtain public access with their service dogs. It clarifies that dogs trained for glucose-alert are service animals; it provides further confirmation that emotional support, therapy, comfort or companion animals are not service animals under the ADA; it clarifies that Airlines are not covered under the ADA and they are able to set their own rules under the oversight of the Dept of Transportation. It also clarifies that entities cannot require certification documentation regarding service animals; however, it also states that organizations or individuals selling service animal certification documents do not convey any rights under the ADA and the Dept of Justice does not recognize those documents as proof that a dog is a service animal.
June 29, 2015
Diablo Magazine – Dogs to the Rescue
A story of D4D client, Dennis McGrath-Wagner his dog Yancey, and how lives are being saved through the work of dedicated volunteers and supporters. It also tells about how Mark Ruefenacht and Armstrong started this work.
PetAge.com – Dogs that Do More – Dogs 4 Diabetics
The cover story tells of the Mark Ruefenacht’s research, the start-up of D4D and it relationships with Guide Dogs for the Blind, its clients, donors and commercial sponsors. The story provides a clear view into D4D’s past and future goals.
Just Labs Magazine – The Guardian Angels of Insulin-Treated Diabetics
A wonderful article about the bond developed between our dogs and their handlers, and the support provided on a daily basis. The article goes into detail regarding the D4D program and the on-going support to assure the quality of the alert processes over the working life of the dog.
December 2, 2014
YouTube – Dogs4Diabetics – Client Stories
This video will give you great insight into the impact of our highly trained medical-alert assistance dogs in the lives of our clients. The stories are moving and give you a picture into their everyday lives with their dog. Enjoy and share with your friends. December 2nd is National Giving Tuesday and we hope that you will appreciate our work and help support our mission. Here is a link to our donation page if you would care to Donate Now! Thank You!
November 1, 2014
Diabetes Forecast – Diabetes Alert Dog: Buyer Beware
This article provides excellent advice regarding the acquisition of a dog to help manage your diabetes. It discloses the potential risk of failure due to poor training, lack of support upon placement and lack of follow up provided by many organizations. It also warns against organizations that are attempting to present puppies and trained service dogs. As the first accredited service dog organization in the world to train dogs for this purpose, Dogs for Diabetics is very supportive of this cautionary advice. It is consistent with our call for Standards within the Medical Alert Dog Industry.
August 11, 2014
Horizon Technology – What the Nose Knows
Horizon Technology showcased a Keynote Speech by D4D Founder Mark Ruefenacht, delivered to the Environmental Measurement Symposium Conference in Washington D.C. See the Conference announcement of his address titled “What the Dog Knows – Innovating for Output, Outcomes & Impact”. His address was delivered to 450 scientists and environmental experts from around the world. (See this link for an abstract of his 40 minute presentation) Mr. Ruefenacht is an expert in scientific measurement and acknowledged as an innovator in the assistance dog world for his work with Guide Dogs for the Blind and Dogs for Diabetics. (Mr. Ruefenacht’s Biography)
June 11, 2014
Insulin Nation – Sniffing Out Hypos
Please enjoy this interesting article about the Lions Foundation Dog Guides of Canada, a program that has been visited and coached by D4D Founder, Mark Ruefenacht. It tells of their initial success in placement of a hypoglycemic-alert dog. D4D is reaching out to programs around the world to develop standards pertaining to the skills and support needed by medical-alert dogs and their handlers, to support critical life-threatening medical conditions, such as hypoglycemia. Mr. Ruefenacht’s experience with Guide Dogs for the Blind; Dogs4Diabetics and his scientific background in measurement and quality assurance provides insight into the risks and rewards associated with working successfully with these great dogs.
May 5, 2014
KGO Channel 7 News – Bay Area non-profit trains dogs to help diabetes patients
Channel 7 News filmed D4D clients with their dogs working at home and at the D4D Nylabone Training Center in Concord. The segment offered insights into the work the dogs perform and their training. It features comments from D4D Founder Mark Ruefenacht, Client & Board Member Dr. Steven Wolf, Client Suzi Powers and D4D Trainer Carrie Skym. Click here for the video segment.
April 18, 2014
The Press.Net – Lions present Dog Days of Diabetes
The Brentwood Lions Club, in partnership with the Discovery Bay and Byron-Delta Lions Clubs is hosting its Annual Diabetes Walk on Saturday, May 3, 2013 at Creekside Park in Brentwood at 9:00 AM. The day is dedicated to the dogs that helped discover insulin through the work of Dr. Frederick Banting in 1920. Dr. Banting received the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine in 1923 for this work. Dogs4Diabetics will be joining the Lions Clubs for the day. It is extremely interesting how dogs have had a direct connection to persons with diabetes, from the discovery of insulin to their ability to help protect insulin-dependent diabetics avoid the debilitating effect of hypoglycemia, a side-effect of insulin therapy.
February 20, 2014
SPRY Living – “Medical Detection Dogs: How Man’s Best Friend Can Save Our Lives”
An Online Magazine about Healthy Living and Lifestyle that provides insights into all ways of enjoying life, gives insight into how these special medical alert assistance dogs provide a special form of support to persons living with diabetes.
Diabetes Forecast – “6 Go-Getters Serving People with Diabetes”
Diabetes Forecast, the national magazine of the American Diabetes Association recognizes Mark Ruefenacht as one of 6 entrepreneurs turning their ideas into reality to serve the diabetic community. Go to the attached link to see the introduction of the 6 Movers and Makers, and then click on the link to Dog Whisperer: Mark Ruefenacht, to read his story.
November 24, 2013
Contra Costa Times – “Barnidge: They’re doggone talented at recognizing hypoglycemia”
This article tells how D4D was conceived in 1999 and incorporated in 2004. It includes the recent story of our milestone achievement of providing a dual trained guide/medical alert dog for Maile George. It credits the source of our dogs from Guide Dogs for the Blind and Canine Companions for Independence as well as recognizes the support of over 100 volunteers to provide these valuable dogs to our clients at virtually no cost.
November 20, 2013
Medical News Today – “Medical detection dogs – How they could save our lives in a sniff”
An excellent report on how dogs are being used to identify various diseases, including the onset of hypoglycemia in persons with diabetes. It tells how the dogs are able to perform this work, and outlines the rewards, risks and effort needed to be successful in this effort. The article has received positive responses from both consumers and medical personnel regarding the the information it provides and the cautions it expresses regarding obtaining and using a dog for this work.
November 16, 2013
Santa Rosa Press Democrat – “For Sonoma County Diabetics, Alert Dogs offer keen nose for sugar needs”
Three D4D dogs, Kermit, Anders and Rochelle, are featured for the amazing work that they do with their diabetic companions. The story represented a great opportunity for Dr. Steve Wolf, a D4D Board member and client, to tell how these dogs provide great support to persons with diabetes, assisting in their insulin management by identifying the onset of hypoglycemia.
October 17, 2013 Press Release
First Guide Dog to Assist a Person with Both Vision Loss and Type I Diabetes
This presents the story of Maile George and her Guide Dog, Jasmine, trained to provide medical-alert for her dropping blood sugar (Hypoglycemia). Guide Dogs for the Blind and Dogs for Diabetics have successfully trained a dog to assist with dual disabilities of vision loss and diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of adult blindness in the United States and this success assists a person dealing with both disabilities.
June 1, 2013
Dog Fancy Magazine – “A New Age for Assistance Dogs”, by Diana Laverdure.
An article detailing many of the new uses for assistance dogs, including stories of people using dogs for vision impairment; seizure alert; autism and diabetes alert. The story features D4D client, Dylan Calamoneri and Celeste.
April 11, 2013
MercuryNews.com – “The Nose Knows: Diabetics benefitting from the sensitive nose of service dogs” , by Brian Babcock
A wonderful article about D4D client Lindsey Quient-Posey and her diabetic-alert dog Ruffle. It describes her diagnosis with Type I Diabetes and the steps that she has taken to deal with the changes that effected all elements of her life.
March 20, 2013
ADI Newsletter 1st Quarter 2013
Assistance Dogs International acknowledges Dogs for Diabetics Founder, Mark Ruefenacht’s receipt of the Jefferson Award Silver Medal. It announced his trip to Europe to work with several ADI accrediated assistance dog and guide dog schools to share information and highlight programs about Dogs for Diabetics and Guide Dogs for the Blind of San Rafael.
February 22, 2013
Clayton Pioneer – Pet project reaping great rewards for Clayton Native
Dogs4Diabetics founder, Mark Ruefenacht, honored with Jefferson Award. In March, he will be traveling to Europe, to meet with various assistance dog schools, addressing their inquiries about Dogs4Diabetics’ programs to support persons with diabetes with these great dogs.
January 16, 2013
Five Bay Area Jefferson Award Winners Earn Silver Medals for Public Service
Sam Beard, Co-founder of the Jefferson Award with Jackie Kennedy Onassis, presented Mark Ruefenacht the Jefferson Award Silver Medal, along with 4 others for their Public Service. See the story and video from CBS, Channel 5, of the awards ceremony held at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco.
December 11, 2012
WSJ.Com – Service Dogs Pick Up Scent of Diabetes Danger
The Wall Street Journal article with the story and pictures of Dogs for Diabetics (D4D) client, Dylan Calamoneri and his D4D dog, Celeste! The article mentions, but does not name, non-profits such as Dogs for Diabetics, that provide these wonderful dogs at no charge to its clients.
December 5, 2012
Dogster Magazine – Dogs4Diabetics – Service Dogs Alert for Low Blood Sugar
This is a Dogster Heros Article
Empower Magazine Article 2012 – Hypoglycemia Alert Dogs, Saving Lives One Sniff at a Time– The magazine of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
Look for it at your doctor’s office!
July 26, 2012
Dogs4Diabetics: A Companion in Health – A discussion with Susan Millhollon, Executive Director of D4D.
D4D’s 1st Graduate – After Crystal teamed with Dela, she earned her RN and is now a Diabetes Educator.
(ValleyCare Health System, Healthways Newsletter)
June 27, 2012
The Jefferson Award to Mark Ruefenacht
CBS Channel 5 presents the Jefferson Award to Mark Ruefenacht for Volunteerism and support to the community in his work to train service dogs to assist diabetics.
April 13, 2012:
Medical Alert Dogs Help Diabetics
(Dog News Magazine)
November 10, 2011:
Canine Angels, which features D4D, is now available for purchase.
This book presents testimonials of children, adults and seniors who relate how their assistance dog has greatly improved the quality of their life.
November 8, 2011:
Odetta’s story of hope
Service with a Snout
July 18, 2011:
Scent of Life
Dogs for Diabetics, Mark Ruefenacht (BS 86) & Ralph Hendrix (BS 71)
(BYU Alumni News)
April 18, 2011:
Life With Diabetes: Gregg Glick and his Dog Trajan
October 15, 2010:
Canines Improve the Lives of Diabetics.
October 13, 2010:
Dogs alert diabetes patients when blood sugar is off
February 25, 2010:
Dogs for diabetics can smell trouble
November 16, 2009:
CBS Channel 5’s Eye on the Bay features a segment on D4D dogs
(San Francisco, CA)
Tyler Emmerich gets a 24/7 companion — Dogs4Diabetics (JPG, 300KB)
Reprinted from The Antelope News Online.
August 11, 2009:
Trained dogs watch over two Fresno diabetics
(article reprinted from the Fresno Bee, Fresno, CA)
May 15, 2008:
Four-legged friend helping diabetics
(article reprinted from the Argus-Courier, Petaluma, CA)
Could a Dog save your life?
Dogs4Diabetics was featured in the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Forecast magazine
February 15, 2008:
Hypoglycemia-alert dogs help diabetics
(UPI.com, Washington, DC)
February 3, 2008:
Dogs could be a diabetic’s best friend
(test article reprinted from WashingtonPost.com)
September 23, 2007:
Unwitting heroes: With training, dogs come to aid of diabetics
(article reprinted from the Contra Costa Times)
February 3, 2007:
San Rafael Guide Dogs washouts find new life detecting low blood-sugar levels in diabetics
(article reprinted from the Marin Independent Journal)
November 5, 2006:
Guide Dog flunkies earn kudos as diabetes coma alarms
(article reprinted from SFGate.com)
Sniffing Out Danger
(article reprinted from R&D Magazine)
November 9, 2004:
Pioneer Pooches Detect Diabetes Crises
(article reprinted from the Tri-Valley Herald)
Dogs for Diabetics was incorporated in October 2004. This was one of the early stories about its mission and efforts to support the diabetic community by training these dogs to alert to the onset of hypoglycemia. The work actually began in 1999 after an incident that caused Mark Ruefenacht to start his research into the idea that a dog could assist persons with diabetes.