Sunday, January 31, 2016


One of the first comments we get after telling someone that we train service dogs (after, "That's so COOL!") is, "Isn't it hard to give them up?"  Our answer is, "Of course-- but it's so rewarding because you know they are finally doing what they were born to do!"

Transfer of handler
Recently we had to put our words into action.  After twenty months with Major (since birth), it was time to place him in his forever home serving as a Diabetes Alert Dog for Marie* who has lived with Type 1 diabetes for decades.  This lovely woman has intentionally allowed her blood sugar to run high because of the fear of being low-- a real fear that nags all those who live with Type 1.
Shopping with Major

When a diabetic has lived with the disease for a span of years, they eventually develop "hypoglycemic unawareness" which is the inability to tell that their blood sugar is dangerously low.  Normally, the body sends out signals such as nausea, trembling, sweats, etc. to alert to the low; but over time of frequent low blood sugars, the body does a reset and thinks this is the new normal and stops sounding the alarm.  Without getting sugar into the bloodstream in the form of carbohydrates, the diabetic will eventually experience seizures, pass out, and die in a very short amount of time.  This is the scary reality that all diabetics and their families live with.

Enter Major.  This tall, dark, and handsome gentleman has been specially trained to alert Marie when
her blood sugar is falling into the danger zone.  How?  There is a universal smell for low blood sugar (just like bacon or coffee) and we taught him to recognize it and "alert" when he smells it.

In addition to teaching the scent and the alert, Major has been trained to retrieve the blood glucose meter and to fetch a juice from the fridge to correct the low blood sugar.  Marie also requested that he be able to open the door for her and retrieve her cell phone.  Super dog!

In reality, Major is NOT a superhero-- he's just a dog using his amazing God-given sense of smell to change a life for the better.

*Names have been changed

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Catching Up

Once again, we've gotten so caught up with training dogs, raising kids, and LIVING LIFE that we've neglected to bring you along through our blog.

This post will simply be a photo recap of the last six months, highlighting our small litter from July of two males and two females.

They were adorable, roly-poly puppies at six weeks when we introduced them to Wyoming in August.

The boys-- Winchester & Henry


They girls-- Remington & Daisy

 In November, at four months, they had leaned-out and were well into their obedience training.

Remington (purple collar)
Sweet Daisy (pink collar)

And now as they enter their sixth month, they're wondering where all the pretty green grass went! Sorry pups-- this is Wyoming!  It won't be back for a LONG time!