Wednesday, April 2, 2014

SDWR Celebrating Autism Awareness Month

National Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month and Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers (SDWR) is joining thousands across the nation to celebrate. NAAM has been recognized since the 1970’s and is a great opportunity to educate people about Autism and issues within the Autism community. The demands of living with a person with autism are great, and families frequently experience high levels of stress but there are some great organizations that provide support like SDWR.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 in every 68 children are identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Awareness Month is an important opportunity for people to learn more about Autism and some of the means of support available to families dealing with Autism. SDWR is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit that provides Service Dogs for people with Autism. The idea of having a service dog for autism may be new to you, so let’s take a look at how they can be helpful.

SDWR’s Autism Assistance Dogs are unique because unlike a guide dog who help with physical tasks the autism assistance dog provides emotional support.

Children living with Autism can display some of the following behaviors:
     No Real Fear of Danger
     Little or no eye contact
     Difficulty in mixing with others

How An Autism Assistance Dog Can Help

Since many children with Autism have no real fear of danger personal safety is an important concern as a parent. SDWR’s Autism Assistance Dogs provide a special level of support and safety for Autistic children especially when out in public spaces. Our Autism Assistance dogs can wear a harness which the Autistic child can be tethered to which will prevent the child from bolting in public.

Children living with Autism will often have difficulty mixing with others and making eye contact but a trained assistance dog can be the autistic child's link to the world around. A service dog being present with the child will help to alert the public that this child has special needs.  A SDWR Assistance Dog can provide so much support through unconditional love and patience that not only help the child but also provide parents with a sense of relief and security.

Autism Awareness Month Resources

Being a parent of an Autistic child can certainly be challenging and at time stressful but thankfully SDWR and other great organizations are here to provide support for you on your journey. You have probably already considered getting a specially trained Autism Assistance Dog as they provide such tremendous support to the child living with autism as well the parents of the child so if you have any questions we would love to provide you with further support. Since April is Autism Awareness Month we want to share a few resources that will be helpful for you if you are looking for information about Autism.

Autism Resources
1.    For More Information about SDWR’s Autism Assistance Dogs Click Here.
2.    Autism Speaks
3.    Autism Society - Improving The Lives of All Affected by Autism

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Preventing the Panic of PTSD

Dogs can do miraculous things.

Over the last 15 years there has really been extensive research into Service Dogs for PTSD, or post traumatic stress disorder, and to what degree they can provide assistance to their handlers. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that ranges in severity and is different for each individual. It is among one of the "invisible illnesses" we are passionate about bringing light to. In persons with PTSD, emotional reactivity is distorted as a result of a traumatic event. Many people associate PTSD with members of the military who have braved life-threatening conditions and faced realities that are unimaginable.  While service members make up a large population of persons with PTSD, the condition can be triggered by a variety of other events such as:
  • Motor Vehicle Accident
  • Physical or Sexual Abuse
  • Natural Disaster
  • Home Invasion
  • Abduction and/or captivity
  • Plane crash
  • Bombings
  • Any other event in which someone experiences extreme physical or emotional trauma

This level of anxiety can be debilitating for the person experiencing it, and the Psychiatric Service Dog Society established in a study completed in 2009, that eighty two percent of dog handlers who battle with PTSD have a marked declination in symptoms that accompany the disorder. To understand how a PTSD Service Dogs work, its beneficial to first understand the condition.

What is PTSD and how does it affect someone?

We all have what they refer to as a "fight or flight" response that accompanies the threat of danger. When our brain registers a person or situation as threatening the hypothalamus activates two areas of the brain, the sympathetic nervous system and the adrenal-cortical system, and a detailed, complex system is activated

For our purpose here, we will skip dissecting the process and discuss the end result of this system: hormone release. A multitude of "stress hormones" (the two most commonly talked about are epinephrine [adrenaline] and norepinephrine) are released into the blood stream and the body responds to this by:
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Pupils dilate
    • To intake the maximum amount of light
  • Veins in the skin constrict
    • To allow more blood flow to the major organs
    • This is responsible for causing a "chill"
  • Blood sugar increases
  • Smooth muscle relaxes
    • Allowing more oxygen to reach the lungs
  • Muscles tense up
    • This is responsible for "goose bumps"
    • There is a tiny muscle in the skin called the arrector pili which is attached to the hair. When the muscles tense up involuntarily, the arrector pili muscle is flexed causing the hair to stand up.
  • Nonessential systems for immediate life sustenance temporarily shut down
    • As to allow more energy for emergency physical reactions
    • Some of these would be systems such as the digestive system and the immune system
  • Attention to detail is paralyzed
    • The brain is able to focus only on the "big threat" until it is identified and corrected
So as you can see, what may seem to someone on the outside as one being "a little anxious" or "kind of nervous" can have big effects on the person experiencing it. The trouble with PTSD is that the part of the brain that is stimulated during a threat has been altered by a big event, and small "triggers" can send the brain into "fight or flight" even when there is nothing to be feared.

Have you ever almost been in a car accident? Remember that moment when you tapped your brakes and realized you were on ice and you slid forward stopping centimeters from a back bumper? Or think of the time that you held your breath as you watched a semi accidentally blow through a stop sign and come deathly close to T-Boning another vehicle. Can you remember the feeling immediately after the moment passes? You can feel your heart in your throat, your body is icy, and your hands feel clammy. Imagine feeling that up to twenty times in one day. People with PTSD battle something very similar. Many, every day events may "trigger" their brain to go into fight or flight mode, and struggling with it can be exhausting. Some people with PTSD even experience "flashbacks" where their brain doesn't only mimic the feelings they had during their dangerous situation, but also visually replays the event.

How PTSD Service Dogs can help

So what does a PTSD Service Dog do to help to make life more manageable for these individuals? Well, what comes to mind immediately for most people are the fuzzy feelings that any cuddly, playful puppy will bring to your heart. There is Science behind, what I like to call, the "Aww effect". Dogs have been used for years in programs at prisons, hospitals, schools, and foster care facilities to help provide a positive atmosphere for the individuals in them. Studies have shown that petting a dog releases oxytocin in the human brain, the "feel good" hormone. This is the hormone that is associated with happiness, affection, and pleasure, but what defines a dog as a Service Dog and not an Emotional Support Animal or Therapy Dog?

Emotional Support Animals (ESA) or Therapy dogs, are used in a variety of different programs and are shown to be highly effective. However ESA, Therapy Dogs, and Service Dogs are not interchangeable terms, and classifying them is not just a matter of being politically correct. They are actually vastly different in their duties, and they are not all afforded the same legal liberties. The major, identifying difference is that a Service Dog must be individually trained to perform a specific task for it's handler to mitigate a disability.

A PTSD Service Dog can perform tasks from two different categories. Those are 1) tasks that the dog is trained to physically perform, and 2) a task that a dog is trained to perform based on a reaction that is obtained by leveraging canine natural senses - basically training them to communicate what they're naturally already able to sense.

Just a few of the tasks that the dog can be trained to physically perform:
  • Accompany the person outside the home
  • Wake the person
  • Turn on a light
  • Define personal space by not allowing others into a handler's predetermined preferred space.
  • "Take me home" command
    • Forgetfulness often accompanies PTSD and during an attack one can feel overwhelmed and become disoriented.
  • Tactile stimulation for re-orientation
    • Licking, pawing, scratching at their handler to help them "snap out" of a flashback.

Tasks performed based on a reaction obtained by leveraging canine natural senses:
  • Medication reminder
    • Dogs are known to have a remarkable "internal alarm clock" and this can be sharpened. Dogs can be trained to retrieve a pill organizer and bring it to their handler at predetermined, trained, times of the day - and be persistent until the medications are ingested.
  • Clear a room for safety
    • Search the room for human presence, both obvious and hidden, using canine sense.
  • "Watch my back" command
    • Alert handler of someone preparing to enter a room, come around the corner, or walk up to the team.
  • Alert to emotional escalation (AKA: Prevent a flashback)
    • Acknowledging the early stages of "fight of flight" through sensing the chemical changes discussed above, prior to or immediately as they happen.

Obtaining a PTSD Service Dog

SDWR has developed a proprietary and very unique, client-based program for training and placing Service Dogs. It is important to recognize that just as every other medical treatment, Service Dogs are not for everyone. While we have watched first hand how the placement of a Service Dog has vastly improved one's quality of life, it is also important to note that having a Service Dog is a significant responsibility that comes with a lifestyle. If you think that you or someone you love could possibly benefit from having a PTSD Service Dog, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your situation. We can help you determine if our program is right for you. To find out more information regarding cost and the training process, feel free to browse our blog or view what our clients have to say on our Facebook page.

To contact us please call 1-540-543-2307, or fill out a Contact Form

Thursday, January 23, 2014

I can't afford a Diabetic Alert Dog, Diabetes is expensive enough!

I cannot count the times we've heard the same thing. While out and about with our dog in her beautiful vest strutting her stuff and keeping someone I love deeply out of harm's way, it never fails to hear someone say, "Oh my gosh - a diabetes dog! That is so cool! Where can I get one?"

I use social media a lot too. I encourage you to use a hashtag to search for us. Some of the hashtags members of our our oganizaiton use are:


When pictures are posted of Diabetic Alert Dogs from our organization, one of the top comments is always, "I wish I could afford a D.A.D for my ____" insert son, daughter, husband, grandmother, ect. "My insurance won't cover it, and we can't swing it." Seeing or hearing that breaks my heart! I hate to think any T1 Diabetic who wants an additional tool is missing out on the safety and security a Diabetic Alert Dog brings to your life. I hate to hear that you can't afford it, because the truth is that no matter what your financial situation can!

Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers is nothing like many other organizations out there. Regarding "cost" what I can tell you is that we are not for profit organization that has a firm belief that no one should have to pay for a service dog on top of managing such a complex, terrifying disease, however, at the end of the day a not for profit charitable organization is still a business, and businesses incur expenses for training, travel, and day to day operations.

How do we offset this cost to achieve our goal, then? This is what our founder, Dan Warren, has dedicated his life to; developing a program that meets the needs in just the right balance. This has led to the program that Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers uses today. Most of our families become actively enrolled in our program as an Ambassador to the organization, and promise to dedicate a portion of their time and energy to raise awareness, educate, and promote advocacy for the Type 1 Diabetic community and SDWR in their own communities through our community fundraising campaigns.

We have many "Chapter Managers" through the states here in the U.S.A. Coupled with these, we have our National Director of Outreach and fundraising coordinators, who all help head campaigns, provide direction, they support and help guide these family ambassadors in the mission of raising funds under the auspice of our Organization to benefit us and help carry out our mission.

In essence, our clients make a pledge to accept an ambassadorship. This ambassadorship is a commitment to help us raise the funds that we need to sustain our organization and to defray financial obligations to those who enroll in our program. The pledge is how we budget and run day-to-day operations, cover our travel expenses, pay for the Service Dogs themselves, pay the trainers to train them, and to travel the world to meet our clients in their home settings and help them acclimate their lives to having a Diabetic Alert Dog.

Our organization allows the flexibility of a 3-year ambassadorship campaign, rather than other businesses or companies you may have encountered, which require funding upfront.  This means as soon as you fulfill the requirements and accept ambassadorship with SDWR, your Family's name enters our waiting list and your once your dog is ready to begin work, he or she is delivered to your family - even if your pledge has not yet been met. All we ask is you keep on keepin' on and spreading the word!

Many families prefer to complete their pledge prior to their delivery as to focus the remaining two years of their training program on their Diabetic Alert Dog Team, but should the pledge not be completed at the time of delivery, ambassadorship and fundraising simply continues until the pledge has been met.

Each family does this along with the support and guidance of other families who have walked the same road, our National Director of Outreach, our Chapter Managers, our Trainers, and everyone else at SDWR who want nothing more than to watch you succeed.

So, if you have been dreaming of what a Service Dog can do for you, open your eyes! Here it is! We are a family at Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, and just like a family we will do everything in our power to make sure you live a long, healthy, happy life. We're only a phone call away.

You can inquire about how to get started by calling 1-540-543-2307 or inquiring online here.

Always remember we're here for you when you're ready. Until there's a cure, there's a dog!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Holiday Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe

This time of year calls for gatherings of family and friends in all different settings. Whether your dog doubles as the trusty homestead guardian while your away and serving as the family mascot during get togethers, or he accompanies you to all outings (as many of our families experience having Service Dogs) one of the important things many dog owners overlook during the hustle and bust of the season is Canine Safety!

You will likely come into contact with people who don't have as strict of guidelines as you do with your dog, or even people who have never had a dog of their own. It may be co-workers at a Christmas Party, your uncles from out of state, or your obnoxious 3rd cousin's children who never seem to listen, but it stands to reason that you will have to say "Oh! Please don't do that!" at least once this Holiday Season. We don't want you to spend this Holiday in a cramped Emergency Vet Clinic with other animal owners who wish they would have had this knowledge, so we're arming you with it early on!

It is easy for people to think of dogs as "garbage disposals", but their digestive system is much different than their human counterparts! This chart shows some of the most important things to steer clear of this time of year! Print it out and strategically place it with the dinnerware. Provide your guests with some light reading material prior to the meal. Plater it on the walls if you have to, but whatever you do don't give the dog beer!

Monday, November 4, 2013

A wonderful gift may not be wrapped just as you expect

Our families come from vastly different walks of life, from all parts of the country, and even across the world. However, despite having to deal with the daily blood sugar battles, they have something special in common; they're all dedicated. Training and working with a D.A.D requires persistence, determination, and dedication. There are various types of organizations in the Service Dog world, and they all do things differently. Our organization firmly believes in allowing our families the opportunity to play a role in the training of their Service Dog. 

One of the many perks of receiving your D.A.D at four to six months of age is the decrease in wait time for your delivery. Our families are the most important part of the organization, and allowing them an additional tool to monitor their glucose levels as quickly as possible is important. It also gives a beautiful time period for you to bond with your D.A.D and increases the communication foundation between dog and handler. 

As part of our program, a trainer from the organization visits your family during the initial placement. They then return approximately every 90 days for a total of 8 visits and introduce new phases of training, check up on progress, and are available to answer questions.

Having a dog is a responsibility and having a Service Dog is an even bigger one! It's normal to face challenges and have questions along the way. I asked some families what their biggest unexpected event was after receiving their dog, and these are some of the responses I got:
"I think the hardest thing our family has faced was that we didn't have a clue how my husband, who our D.A.D is for, would take having a Service Dog...He was so excited to get [our D.A.D]. There was not a day that went by after we went active that we didn't think about what [color] he would be and when we would be matched. Then came the day he arrived, and it was a transition. We had to incorporate alerts, night time checks, training, and everything that goes with it...He loves [him] but will sometimes resent [him] because when he does alert, that means his sugars are out of range...the relationship is a constant reminder for [my husband] that he has Type 1 Diabetes...I talked to Phil and we have come up with some ways to help [them] continue to have a bond while doing his job. I love our trainers and I love how they really listen and take into consideration what these dogs mean. I love Warren Retrievers for the piece of mind that they have given me the last year. I would not trade this pup for anything in the world!"
another family says:
"We wanted to get a D.A.D to help keep a tighter control on my husband's sugar. He's Type 1 but was diagnosed as an adult, and convincing him that he had to incorporate this new ritual of insulin and accu checks into his life was really hard! When we got our D.A.D she turned his attitude upside down! He wants to check his sugar at any sign of distress for our pup, and she has given him a new reason to want to take care of himself!"
Both responses are very common when a family receives a new Diabetic Alert Dog. This is one of the benefits of having a trainer come to you during the initial placement! They get to know your family, your lifestyle, and they already know your dog - so they can help you incorporate this new family member, and medical tool, into your life with as little hiccup as possible!
"People always wanted to pet him, and I hated telling them no, so I usually just let them. When I did, though, it was hard to get him back into focus. If they didn't ask first and just reached down to pet him, I didn't know how to correct them without seeming mean."
"Having several dogs has complicated her training more than I expected. I thought the big thing would be jealousy that [she] gets to go with me every morning, but it is more trying to find time to give each dog individual time and still make time to isolate them so that I can do skill training with her"
"There is no more taking a quick trip to the grocery store. I don't want to leave her at home since she's my daughter's Service Dog. That is the point in having her! I wouldn't check her sugar in the middle of aisle 12 unless she seemed out of range, and it thank God for her every time I get a paw or nudge walking through the frozen food section. She catches my daughter dropping fast, and I can correct it before a catastrophe happens, but it took a while to get used to finding my car keys, vesting her, putting her on her leash, grabbing her treats, making sure I have potty bags, taking my purse, the diaper bag, and loading two kids up in the car! I'm used to it now, but in the beginning I had to give myself an extra 15 minutes to make sure I wasn't forgetting anything important!"  
This cracks me up!
All of these things are challenges clients face regardless of what type of Service Dog they utilize, how old it is, or what company it comes from. What sets SDWR apart from other organizations is that our trainers physically come to your home and help you though these issues! They help you prepare, and lead by example. 

When they go home, our families are never on their own. Trainers are available via phone and e-mail to answer questions, concerns, give tips, and help families through any road bumps, but ultimately dedication and consistency from our families produce the best Service Dogs!

There will be things that come up that shock you, surprise you, and there will be times you think "Holy cow, I don't know what to do in this situation!" Trust me, you're not alone on that! Everyone has been there, everyone has had their moments, and do you know how each one of them gets through it? Sticking to it and keeping in contact with their trainer! 

The longer you have your Service Dog, the better you will get at solving problems. You are learning to communicate with your D.A.D, and he or she has grown with you on this process, all along learning to trust you as the handler and knowing you have never given up! The more you put into your SDWR, the more you will get in return, and we have an amazing network of other families, trainers, and organization staff themselves who  are always willing to weigh in and help you along the way.

Few things go exactly how we plan, or imagine. I mean, seriously, that would make it way too easy! I feel like one of the easiest things to do is give up, but I try to encourage families to recognize that most things in life worth having didn't come without any work. Personally, I think training is fun! I love watching it "click" when you want your dog to do something and they finally get it. 

Part of having a Service Dog is dealing with things other than just training. You must deal with your dog as an animal first, a Service Dog in function next, and then the "tricks" and skills. After that, you take into consideration going out in public and any challenges or triumphs you may face doing Public Access. More than likely there will be things you come across that you need help with, and that is what we're all here for!

We all want the same thing - and that is A CURE! 

But, until there is a cure...there is a dog!

(And a big SDWR Family cheering you on!)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Have you ever wondered exactly how our Diabetic Alert Dogs work?

We receive many questions about our Diabetic Alert Dogs, how they work, and what benefit they provide to the families in our program. In this area we will take the time to introduce you to the program to give you further insight on how a Diabetic Alert Dog would benefit you or someone you love.

While how we train our dogs is proprietary information, how they work is a very interesting method! Our dogs work for Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetics, people with Hypoglycemia, glycogen storage disease, and any other condition which adversely affects blood glucose - no matter the severity! You do not need a physician order to receive one of our Service Dogs, and we do not discriminate based on financial status, age, or location.

Lets discuss how these dogs do the amazing things they do! Canine olfactory ability has been used since the beginning of time, starting as a way to track food for themselves and humans and evolving into one of the most widely used forms of investigation for law enforcement. Now, dogs are even being tested to sense things such as cancer in at-risk patients! Our 4 legged friends are incredibly intelligent! Have you had a chance to see the video of a dog driving a car? Remarkable! It is well known that dogs can be trained as guide animals for the blind. This should give you some insight into how deeply we humans trust in the canine brain, and now we're using it to help families keep a tighter handle on something very difficult to control - blood glucose levels.

This hypothesis started with the realization that even humans can observe a sweet smell coming from the breath of someone with dangerously high blood glucose. A dog's sense of smell is between 1,000 and 10,000 times stronger than a human sense of smell depending on the breed. Labrador Retrievers, the breed we utilize in our D.A.D program, have more than 220,000,000 (two hundred and twenty million) olfactory receptors compared to the human 5 million. So how much earlier can they smell the sweet smell of high blood sugar? Much earlier! When a blood sugar begins to go low, the body gives off a metallic, or acetone, smell - much like the smell of rusty water or nail polish remover. They smell this too!

Your family will receive a 4-6 month old Labrador Retriever who is placed by a Trainer and begins scent training to the diabetic in your family. Your D.A.D does this through a comprehensive and custom tailored 2 year training program. This training program is complete with 8 phases, each introduced during a training visit by your Warren Retrievers Trainer. A range is set and your D.A.D begins to learn to alert you when you rise or fall out of that range. For instance, one of our families chooses a range of 90-150. Their D.A.D alerts to any number under 90 and any number over 150. Our dogs are trained to recognize the strength of the scent for the ends of the range. The D.A.D is trained to note how acidic 90 smells and that smell or stronger triggers an alert. The same for the high numbers - the D.A.D notes how sweet 150 smells and that smell or sweeter triggers an alert. This allows the diabetic to keep a tighter range on his or her numbers. A1C, the 3 month average of blood sugars, are historically reduced when our families are using D.A.D's. The higher the A1C, the higher the numbers have been the last 3 months. Since we are teaching our dogs to alert at that cusp of rise or fall in blood glucose levels, it reduces the amount of time a blood sugar is out of range. Our dogs consistently alert 20-40 minutes prior to a a glucose monitor reading the change. Keeping a tighter control reduces the risk of complications. 

Complications of prolonged high blood sugar include:

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Nerve Damage (neuropathy)
  • Kidney Damage
  • Kidney Failure
  • Damage to blood vessels in the eyes (diabetic retinopathy)
  • Blindness
  • Impaired Circulation leading to problems with the legs and feet
  • Amputation of legs and/or feet
  • Bone and Joint problems
  • Skin Problems (Bacterial infections, Fungal Infections, Non-Healing wounds)
  • Tooth and gum infections
  • Coma
  • Death
Complications of frequent low blood sugar include:
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Weakness
  • Lethargy
  • Shakiness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Headache
  • Behavior Changes
  • Lack of concentration
  • Death
Reducing the likelihood of these complications is a key reason in seeking out a Service Dog for yourself or someone you love!

We do not discriminate based on financial status. The families that join our organization help keep us alive by hosting fundraisers and helping raise money so we can continue our mission. We firmly believe no family should have to personally pay for a Service Dog. We are a fully incorporated 501c3 Non Profit organization, but we are also a business which incurs costs. Therefore, we ask our families to become Ambassadors for our organization. Most families become actively enrolled with a $1,000 commitment, then continue to fundraise with the help of Chapter Managers placed in individual states throughout the US, and through our National Director of Outreach. This additional assistance is provided at no extra cost to our families. These individuals, which all possess a fundraising expertise and level of experience, guide our families in developing and carrying out campaigns to benefit our organization. We allow a flexible 3-year campaign in conjunction with receiving your D.A.D, rather than other companies which require funding up front prior to gaining access to your new family member and management tool.

The money raised allows us the ability to access puppies bred with the most rigid health clearances, it allows us to pay for the cost of our facility, the veterinarian on staff, the training prior to delivery, the highest quality food for our puppies, it allows us to pay our amazing trainers who spend weeks away from their families to help our families. Our organization and our trainers understand the toll dealing with a chronic disability takes on the entire family, so we bring the training to you! Our trainers travel to you, conduct their training visits at your home or your location of choice, and do so on your time schedule! We want your new D.A.D to fit perfectly into your life! Donations to our organization are what keep us able to deliver these lifesaving furry friends to families across the world. Yes, the world! All 50 states, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. If you are currently in another part of the world, please do not hesitate to contact us, we will certainly try to make delivery to you possible. 

For more questions, or to inquire about how to join our program, please visit our home website, or contact Dan Warren via e-mail at or via phone at 540-543-2307

If you or someone you know could benefit from a Service Dog (or $20,000) please consider entering a drawing where the winner will receive a Service Dog with 2 years of training (which can be gifted to a loved one should you choose), or $20,000 in cash! There are 500 slots and we are only offering this opportunity until October 31, 2013. Tickets are $100 and at the time of this post there are only 274 more tickets available! To purchase a ticket please click on the picture below

We look forward to hearing from you. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook to hear the winner be announced!  

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ace & Alex

Happy Palm Sunday!

What is the best thing that happened to you today?

How about being woken up before the sun rose?

Not many of us would consider that a good way to start the day, but for Ace's family a early morning wake up was just the thing they needed to start the day right.
Today's alert story came from Ace's family  who didn't like being woken up early at first, but was grateful for it in the end.

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!

ACE is a Diabetic Alert Dog from Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers.
If you or someone you know could benefit from having a Diabetic Alert Dog please Click Here.
To learn more about Service Dogs for invisible disabilities Click Here.
To learn how you can help place service dogs with families in need Click Here.