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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Pleasant Plains, Illinois - November 28, 2016 - (Newswire.com)
On November 28, Aaron, a 37 year-old with Type 1 Diabetes of Pleasant Plains, Illinois, will be welcoming into his home a Diabetic Alert Dog from Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers.
Aaron’s dog, a Labrador Retriever named “Samson,” has already received thousands of hours of training as a diabetic alert dog and it will continue to learn under the careful guidance of a certified trainer from Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, “SDWR,” and through the rapport it develops Aaron. SDWR has a mission to provide specially-bred and trained dogs for adults and children with invisible disabilities like Autism, PTSD, Seizure Disorders, and Diabetes.
Aaron is the father of two active daughters and he and his wife Becky are always “on the go.” In addition to working very demanding hours in his work, Aaron is also a soccer coach. Managing his diabetes is a challenge and the addition of Samson will make a significant and positive difference in his life. An active person can often experience high and low blood glucose level swings. Those swings are not only life-threatening; they also impact the long-term overall health conditions of a person diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
Samson will help Aaron be able to avoid some of these swings by alerting before they get extreme or even life-threatening. A three-year study of SDWR Diabetic Alert Dogs funded by the National Institute of Health found that the diabetic alert dogs were able to scent to high and low blood glucose changes often up to 20 to 30 minutes before a blood glucose monitor. This extra time will make an important difference in the safety, security, and long-term health of Aaron.
Dan Warren, Founder and President of Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, indicates that the Organization’s diabetes alert dogs are trained to recognize and alert on the scent of low and or high blood glucose levels. “When Aaron’s blood sugar begins to fluctuate, Samson will pick up the scent and give the alert for ‘high’ or ‘low’ blood glucose levels to Aaron.” In that same study conducted by the University of Virginia, it was concluded that SDWR service dogs are 93% accurate in their alerts.
Often diabetics don't feel their blood sugar fluctuation and their bodies are slow to react to how their insulin pumps have been programmed. These events can lead to dangerous lows, which can result in seizures, coma, and even death. Implanted glucose monitoring systems (“CGM”) are often 20 minutes behind an alert dog’s sense of the glucose movement (from April 2013 study by University of Virginia utilizing Warren Retrievers’ service dogs). Electronic systems measure parts per million while alert dogs have been shown to scent parts per trillion.
People may also sleep right through a glucose monitor's alarm, whereas a trained diabetic alert dog is taught to be persistent to the point where it will go get another member of the household if the dog’s “person” does not respond. Additionally, these amazing dogs are trained to retrieve essentials needed such as Glucose tablets, Glucagon, insulin, juice boxes, testing meters or retrieve medication from a designated spot in the house. Alert dogs are further trained to dial out on K-9 equipped phones to summon emergency medical help, if needed.
Samson will also work with the SDWR trainers and Aaron towards public access certification. Dan Warren is quick to point out that, “all the incredible services these dogs can provide are through progression, hard work and dedication of the Organization and the family who must work together to build on training foundations and fundamentals. This is about an 18-month training program.”
What sets SDWR apart from other service dog organizations are the customized training methods and SDWR matches dogs to their “person.” According to Dan Warren, “that important bonding time between dog and person can begin to happen right away. For the over seven years we’ve been utilizing this method of dog placement, we’ve achieved amazing results. To date we have over 500 dogs working across the country and around the globe.”
Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers is a non-profit organization based in Madison, Virginia, and relies on donations to help the Organization in its mission, “Until there’s a cure…there’s a dog.” To make or donation or learn more about SDWR, please visit the website, http://www.sdwr.org/. To learn more about Diabetic Alert Service Dogs visit http://www.sdwr.org/service-dogs/diabetic-alert/. To find out how you can volunteer or serve as a puppy raiser visit http://www.sdwr.org/volunteer-opportunities/.
Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3155689#ixzz4U2jh4iRY
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Sponsor A Service Dog (FOPP)
Remembering Heroes As We Raise Life-Changers.
This week, we pay tribute to the brave men and women who have given their all for our communities. As National Police Week begins, we want to remember those who have fallen by dedicating our future service dogs to them.
SDWR will be taking donations to sponsor a service dog as an FOPP puppy. Our goal is for puppies that come out of this program to be named after fallen Police who have paid the ultimate price. By naming future service dogs after service members, we feel we can carry on their legacy of sacrifice and honor.
Learn More At http://www.sdwr.org/fallen-officer-puppy-program/
Thursday, March 31, 2016
March 31, 2016 Mr. Steve Joyce, CEO Choice Hotels 1 Choice Hotels Circle Suite 400 Rockville, MD 20850 RE: Connie Bargerstock, General Manager Comfort Inn & Suites, 3501 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI
Dear Mr. Joyce:
On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, there was an incident where a couple who have a diabetic alert dog from our Company, attempted to check-in for an overnight stay at the above-referenced hotel. Ben and Cat Dykhouse were there with their diabetic alert dog, Maxx. Maxx had on his public access service dog vest with patches that clearly identify him as a diabetic alert dog, a patch that included our Company name, and a patch that indicates the dog should not be separated from its handler. The dog has not only received years of training to alert Ben Dykhouse, a type 1 diabetic, to life-threatening blood glucose highs and lows, Maxx has actually been trained to react in emergency situation where Ben is unable to care for himself by performing such tasks as retrieving testing meters, glucose tabs, or in the worst case dialing 911 on a specially-designed phone pad. In addition to his medical needs training, Maxx has undergone rigorous public access certification testing. The general manager of the Ann Arbor Comfort Inn refused to allow the Dykhouse family to check-in with Maxx without “a letter of certification” showing that Maxx is in actuality a service dog. The general manager lectured our clients about their need to always travel with that paperwork and indicated that it has always been her experience to ask for and receive certification paperwork. Mr. Joyce, I am sure as the CEO of a major US hotel chain, you are aware that the Americans with Disability Act provides very specific guidelines in what service providers can and cannot ask individuals with disabilities accompanied by a service animal. And, I am sure you know that no service dog company gives “certificates of authenticity” to families with service dogs. Under ADA law, there are only two questions your general manager can ask our clients. 1. Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability? And 2. What task has the dog been trained to do? Your general manager, Ms. Bargarstock, was taped by our clients as she verbally chastised them for not having “paperwork” and denied them a room without such paperwork. Further, she made our clients wait at check-in for well over 10 minutes, while she called “her attorney” to verify ADA law. She returned agitated, but somehow miraculously informed about ADA law, and proceeded to check-in the Dykhouse family. The Dykhouse family decided not to stay at the hotel given the rude way they were treated. They received no apology from the general manager and in fact, the general manager refused to apologize and called our clients “liars.” Mr. Joyce, clearly this is a deeply troubling incident. The Dykhouse family came to Ann Arbor as representatives our Company. They were slated to give a large presentation to the University of Michigan College Diabetes Network. The College Diabetes Network is a national organization with a mission to improve the lives of students living with Type 1 Diabetes. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States and the rate of college students dying from mismanagement of this disease is staggering. The Dykhouse family and Maxx drove many hours to speak with young people about the need for them to manage their diabetes while away from home and on the college campus. Their service dog, Maxx, was an integral part of the presentation as he demonstrated all the skills he learned to help Ben Dykhouse. What happened to this family at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Ann Arbor was totally unacceptable. Our Company is shocked that one of your General Managers could be so ill-informed about ADA law. Additionally, we are appalled at the way our family was spoken to by your general manager, Connie Bargerstock. It is my sole hope that you take the lead to ensure that not only your management but also all front desk personnel know ADA law and treat people with disabilities with the respect they deserve. If you would like a copy of the tape of your general manager to use as a teachable moment for your company, you can find the entire tape on our website or Facebook page as it has been posted there with over 250,000 followers. Thank you for your attention to this disturbing matter.
Dan Warren President and Founder Specializing in Autism, Seizure, Diabetes and PTSD Service Dogs Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, Inc. P O Box 647 Madison, VA 22727 Phone: 540-543-2305 / www.sdwr.org
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
We are ready to place quite a few puppies in the coming weeks and we need YOUR HELP! Please consider registering today at www.sdwr.org/puppy-raiser-program/
Volunteers do it not because they have more time, they do it because they have more heart!
Thursday, January 21, 2016
The SDWR Difference for Diabetes As service dog providers, we’ve seen first hand how Diabetes can affect not only the individual, but his or her family as well. Constant care, a lack of sleep, and unshakable fear from highs and lows are all realities a diabetes care taker faces. Diabetic individuals themselves might have a hard time living life fully, due to the limitations of coping with diabetes. Through SDWR’s highly-trained Diabetic Assistance Dogs, thousands of individuals and families lives have been touched. With our service dogs, those struck by invisible illness can find independence from fear and around-the clock care. Having a service dog as a companion promotes freedom, and keeps you safe from hitting sharp highs and lows. As we know, investing in a Diabetic Alert Dog is a solid investment in your mental and physical health.
For more information about our Diabetic Alert Dogs visitWatch this service dog alert to a high and retrieve the meter!