Thursday, August 10, 2006

Carbi the Wonder Dog

There has been a new addition to the family- Say hi to Carbi the Wonder Dog, the new 'baby' of my sister Liz and her husband James'.

Actually he's not a Wonder Dog , but a Hypo-alert Dog... or at least he will be when he's old enough to see over people's knee caps.

Hypo-alert dogs are trained to detect impending hypoglycaemic episodes in diabetics. Carbi will be trained to give warnings when James' blood glucose levels drop low (this causing a hypoglycaemic episode), and help him to maintain a balance for his highly unpredictable Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes.

This is from the Paws For Diabetics website:

“These dogs are the latest tool in Diabetes management, as they give their owners warning well in advance of an impending hypoglycaemic episode, allowing for prompt treatment to avert the episode from happening. A hypoglycaemic attack left untreated can lead to coma and even death, so these dogs are real life-savers.

We believe in general Diabetic Alert dogs will increase the independence, safety and mobility of the Diabetic person, providing them with a higher confidence to go out in the general public on their own without the need to rely on family or friends to accompany them, putting an end to the isolation often faced when one is afraid to go out for fear of having a Hypoglycaemic episode.”

To find out more about Carbi, Liz and James, visit their website.


verniciousknids said...

He is a wonder dog...and a very cute one too! What a wonderful idea.

Mia said...

That is a fantastic pooch!

Michelle said...

Ooh, he's a cutie!