Thursday, February 26, 2015

Diabetic Alert Dogs Save Lives

As service dog providers, SDWR knows the dangers that come with diabetes. If you are a diabetes care taker, there is always that worry about your loved one hitting a high or low, and you not being there to provide the care they need. Our dogs for Diabetic children or adults are here for that very reason: to alleviate the fear you feel and truly protect your loved ones. Not only are our service dogs trained to alert, they are capable of retrieving third party support, accessing food and medication, and dialing 911 on a special device. We can proudly say that our dogs are not just life-changing, they are saving lives.

Finding the Protection You Need

With an invisible illness, it proves difficult to find others who understand yours or your loved one’s disease. There are complications and responsibilities that others do not understand. Fortunately, diabetes service dogs provide this level of understanding. They are thoroughly trained to detect, alert and in return protect their owner’s health. Read to learn why Diabetic Alert Dogs Ace proves to be an invaluable asset to his family:

“Ace woke me up at 4:30am…at first I was like “Really?? I am sooo tired…but I listened and I got up and tested Alex. Alex was 72–anything below 80 while sleeping is dangerous. I’m so glad I listened to Ace, drug myself out of bed and got Alex some juice. These night time lows are the scariest. Thank you Ace for catching it before it was even worse!”

It’s moments like this that make SDWR truly special. Our priority in providing families with diabetes service dogs for safety and protection through diabetes has changed lives.

Choose SDWR for the Best Diabetic Alert Dogs

The program at Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers is unique. We begin by selecting only the most qualified service dog pups. We then take the time and effort to best match our service dogs to your household. Our team of highly-skilled trainers comes directly to your home to train your service dog as well as train your family to cooperate with your service dog and listen to alerts.To further our approach in providing you with the best dogs for Diabetic children and adults, we offer our health and performance guarantees to every client. Want to know more? Read our SDWR reviews here!

If you or loved one are interested in learning more about SDWR service dogs, please contact us today.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

How Introducing a Service Dog Changed This Family's Life

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What is a Diabetes Alert Dog?

A diabetes service dog is is trained to alert for highs and lows that occur in Diabetics. They are also trained to retrieve third party support, retrieve food and medication and dial for help on a special device. Yes, they are trained to keep the life of a Diabetic stable and safe. What is not so obvious is their contribution to creating independence and peace in the lives of those affected by diabetes and their caretakers. As service dog providers, we’ve seen Diabetic Alert Dogs changes lives. 

In this Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers testimonial, we find a juvenile Diabetic, Matt and his family coping with constant diabetes care. In the beginning of the film, we see that Matt’s mother was slightly skeptical in investing in a service dog for diabetes. Upon witnessing the miracle that a diabetes dog can bring, the family immediately set out to fund raise for a service dog. Soon thereafter, Pilot was introduced into their households as a Diabetic Alert Dog. 

How does Pilot Help Matt Live a Better Life?

For any Diabetic, highs and lows will always be something to fear. As someone who requires diabetes care from his parents, Matt is never free from having his family check him for these high and lows. With the introduction of Pilot, Matt’s mother and father are now able to loosen their grip in diabetes care. For Matt, this means increased independence,and more safety. Pilot is always there to alert, long before a high or low hits Matt. The independence a diabetes service dog provides is invaluable. Before Pilot, Matt’s mother worried about his growing into a normal child:

Pilot fills in the gap that is presented between diabetes, safety and independence. Through Pilot, Matt is now able to live life a normal child and increase his safety.

Let SDWR Be Your Service Dog Provider

Pilot is another life-changing diabetes service dog from SDWR. This Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers testimonials shows the positive impact a service dog can have in the life of anyone affected by an invisible illness. At our non-profit, it’s our mission to raise, match and train service dogs for increased safety, independence and companionship in the face of invisible illness. Read our SDWR reviews and testimonials for more. 

Are you interested in learning more about a diabetes dog for children? Contact SDWR today

Thursday, February 12, 2015

‘Midnight Three & Six’: A Day in the Life of a Juvenile Diabetic

With its premier in Sundance Film Festival 2015, ‘Midnight Three & Six’ brings us a close look in the life of a juvenile Diabetic, Grace Chamberlain. The film begins with Grace’s mother showing us the many medications prescribed to Grace to handle her diabetes. While showcasing the physical and practical aspects of diabetes, the filmmaker also captures the emotional toll of living with diabetes, both for the care taker and the Diabetic herself. Though Grace is a normal teenager, her life is markedly different through her invisible illness.

On Being a Juvenile Diabetic

Through the film we find Grace’s mother taking great lengths to care for her daughter’s highs and lows. As  a young adult, Grace looks to find independence, while her mother struggles to let her go due to the ongoing diabetes care she needs. As a Diabetic, Grace is wise beyond her years. She acknowledges her disease could cause serious harm if not constantly monitored. As a volatile Diabetic, finding independence proves to be a challenge.

Though ‘Midnight Three & Six’ highlights the serious health risks that come with this invisible illness, it makes sure to highlight the Chamberlain’s one reliable friend: Jackie the Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers Diabetic Alert Dog. Through the film, Jackie plays a crucial role for the Chamberlain family: she provides peace to Grace’s mother, as a “layer of protection between what could happen and what will happen to Grace.” While Grace’s mother finds comfort in the protection that Jackie provides through alerting, Grace finds comfort through her company and companionship:

When I got Jackie, a lot of things changed for me…I don’t remember being this happy before…I don’t remember liking dogs as much before…I take her everywhere with me…”

We find that a Diabetic Alert Dog provides juvenile Diabetics more than protection: they provide love, solace and friendship. When a child is faced with diabetes, it is pertinent to have a service dog for support and comfort.

Finding Support Through Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers

Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers is proud to have helped make a change in the Chamberlain family. With our support, service dog training and highly selective puppy selection process, families who invest in service dogs for invisible illness always find the miracle they are looking for. In the face of invisible illness, finding a companion who understands your disease and protects you from harm is priceless. If you or a loved one are in need of a Diabetic Alert Dog, contact SDWR today.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Autism Service Dogs: Filling in the Gaps

Autism - you probably know it as an invisible illness that adds struggle in caring for your loved ones. As service dogs providers, Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers has seen families across North America compromise their quality of life in the face of autism care. We know you want to see your loved one thrive. But through this invisible disease, you find many challenges that hinder growth and a fulfilled life. Autism presents challenges on a daily basis. Physical harm is not uncommon in autism, and neither is living in constant worry from that potential harm. Children with autism also have troubles in creating meaningful relationships, thus causing loneliness and isolation. Yes, the effects of autism do seem substantial. Yes, autism is an invisible illness that can weigh down your and your loved one’s life. SDWR wants you to know that despite autism, you and your loved one are capable of living a full and happy life.

Finding Life Through Autism Service Dogs

SDWR’s Autism Assistance Dogs fill the gap that comes from constant autism care. Generally, people are led to believe that autism assistance dogs are only helpful for those who live directly with autism. At SDWR, we can tell you that anyone affected by autism directly or indirectly benefits from our Autism Service Dogs. They provide the care you never knew existed. As we mentioned, families of those who suffer from autism often find themselves with a kind of loneliness that only comes with an invisible illness. With a service dog who is raised to understand autism, filling in the gap of loneliness is possible. Your child is able to find  a sense of companionship through a service dog always being there by his or her side.

Finding a peace of mind through autism care is priceless. Others do not fully understand spectrum disorder, making it difficult to find help in caring for your child. Our service dogs are good dogs for children with autism. Through their friendly nature and intense training, a service dog is capable of keeping your child safe from self-harm, elopements, emotional outbreaks and more. These benefits are apparent, but more so, you will find your child or loved one feeling calm, social and more secure in the presence of his or her service dog.

Finding Your Autism Assistance Dog

If you do decide to invest in an Autism Service Dog, we want you to know we are here for you. As a nonprofit, Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers aims to help offset the cost of a service dog. Our mission is for anyone and everyone with invisible illness to be able to obtain a  service dog for peace, security, and happiness. If you or a loved one would like to learn more, please contact SDWR today.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Taking the Fear Out of Seizure Disorder

At Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, our goal is to ensure that those living with a  disability or illness have a chance at living a full, meaningful life. We also understand that any illness, whether large or small, can get in the way of achieving this. Through our service dogs, we are able to complete our mission in providing safety and independence to those who suffer from seizure disorder. Read to learn how you can find comfort through seizure disorder.

What is Seizure Disorder?

Seizure disorder is characterized as an invisible illness, meaning it is a disability that is not apparent to the general public. It is a condition where uncontrolled electrical activity occurs in the brain. During a seizure, uncontrollable shaking can occur, as well as unconsciousness and unawareness. Seizures can be unpredictable, causing the person affected by the disorder harm in any environment, whether publicly or at home. Because they can occur at unexpected times, those who suffer from it find themselves in fear, anxiety and a sense of a loss of control. Living with seizure disorder can be a hardship not only for the person affected but for their loved ones as well. The care worry and fear for your loved one can be extensive.

How to Combat Fear in Seizure Disorder

When there is no way around an invisible illness, seizure response dogs provide hope and security for those looking to lead a normal life free from fear. They are fully trained to give those with seizure disorder protection during and after a seizure. Some benefits of seizure response dogs include:
  • Activating a life alert system and retrieving help during a seizure
  • Guarding their handler in a public setting during a seizure
  • Stimulating their handler if they fall unconscious

Those with invisible illness and their loved ones carry a fear that danger might strike in a location where help can not be found. With a service dog, you know you are protected from the damaging effects of seizure disorder. When leading a full life through public events, school, grocery shopping and more, fear of the effects of seizures lessens with a service dog.

More About SDWR Seizure Response Dogs

The benefits of seizure response dogs doesn’t end there. Yes, you will always find physical protection through your service dog. You will also be surprised that your seizure dog provides a great, satisfying sense of companionship and independence. With a friend with you by your side, loving and protecting you, feeling happiness is not hard. The isolation one may feel through living with an invisible illness can always be combated with the loving nature of a SDWR service dog. As service dog providers, SDWR would also like to note that seizure response dogs do not alert for seizure, they help in the time of need and after a seizure has occurred.  

To learn more about seizure dogs for kids and adults, contact Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers today.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Another Reason to Love SDWR Diabetic Alert Dogs

Alert dogs for Diabetics are a miracle for those affected by diabetes. Whether you’re directly affected by diabetes or are involved in diabetes care, a Diabetic Alert Dog can and will change your life. At SDWR, we stand by that statement. Day in and day out, our service dogs provide safety to the thousands of families who suffer alongside this invisible disease. And more than ever, we receive stories like these that remind us why we love our Diabetic Alert Dogs. Read on to find how much this family cherishes their beloved service dog, Blossom:
“Blossom had an AWESOME day! She did 3/4 alerts – and the one she missed was a 203 at dinnertime. As crazy as it was in the house and with me in the kitchen, I’m willing to bet it was me that missed the alert – not Blossom! : )
Tonight Kaci tested at bedtime (8:09pm) at 100. Blossom always goes to Kaci’s room at 8pm and begs to be put up on her bed – but not tonight. She was not going to bed until I fixed her girl! Of course, being the slow learner that I am (and a know-it-all!) I was sure Kaci was fine since she had dinner an hour ago and her blood sugar should be starting to rise. She was definitely on her way up, right? Wrong!
Blossom just didn’t seem tired. We played with her, took her on a walk, but she still wouldn’t settle down. Finally, Kaci was so tired that we decided to just put both of them to bed and see if Blossom would settle in. Not happening – she yipped and fidgeted all over the bed. At 8:40, I had Kaci test – 49! Kaci drank some juice and I put both of them back to bed. When I went in to retest at 9pm, Kaci was 110 and both girls were sleeping peacefully. Blossom, I love you!!”
The peace and happiness our service dogs provide is unmatched. As we know, diabetes doesn’t have to be a burden. Despite what you may have seen through diabetes care, safety and protection from dangerous highs and lows is a possibility. To begin, we choose only pups with the highest scent capabilities and best temperament. Our unique and extensive training program allows us to train service dogs to their best potential. With their countless benefits, there’s no reason not to love our Diabetic Alert Dogs.

If you want to learn more about our alert dogs for diabetics, contact SDWR today.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Don't Let an Invisible Illness Hold You Down

The daily life of an individual affected by an invisible illness such as diabetes, autism or seizure disorder is complicated. The term ‘invisible illness’ holds true to it’s name - there are so many layers of struggles that others’ don’t actually see in your disease. Invisible illnesses cause fear and isolation not only to those directly affected by it, but to family members and loved ones as well. Constant worry is always at the back of your mind.

At SDWR, our greatest concern is that individuals allow their invisible illness to hold them back from living a full life. These worries and concerns start to disappear as handlers and their families find safety, security and trust in their service dog. Keep reading to learn how service dogs provide an amazing difference.

Combating the Dangers of an Invisible Illness

Therapy dogs are trained to lessen the dangers that come with an invisible illness. Here are a few examples of how therapy dogs can keep you or your child safe:

  • Diabetic Alert Dogs alert diabetics for sharp highs and lows and retrieve medications.
  • An Autism Service Dog keeps autistic children from running away and engaging in harmful behavior.
  • Seizure Response Dogs keep their handler safe in public situations, in the case of a seizure. They are also capable of retrieving food and medication after a seizure.

These are all just examples of what a therapy dog is capable of. There are many more benefits of having a service dog. However, not all benefits are seen by the eye. Service dogs also help those with invisible illness find companionship and more chances for social interaction, helping foster a stronger upbringing for those with invisible illness.

Peace and Independence Aren’t Far Away

Our service dogs have proven to be a miracle for those with an invisible illness. Over the years, we’ve seen therapy dogs rekindle the spark that those with invisible illness and their families have lost through extensive fear, worry and care. No longer do you have to worry about your child getting into danger in public because of his or her invisible disease. With your assistant dog, you will find a peace of mind letting him or her be independent and carry out a normal life.

Through their expert training, acute senses and compassionate nature, service dogs provide an amazing difference in the lives of those with invisible illness and their families. The dangers, fears and isolation are lessened, as peace and independence are enhanced.  Living a full life is indeed an option despite invisible illness. If you or a loved one are interested in learning more about SDWR’s service dogs, please contact us today.