ROXIE – Diabetic Alert Dog
Having always been a lover of dogs, I love seeing a dog doing a job. I think I love it so much because I am always amazed at how well some dogs do their job. The right dog really can make a difference in peoples lives.
Last summer, a brand new working pup entered into my world. The pup, Roxie, is an American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Primarily used as a hunting dog and companion, the pup belonged to good friends of mine (and one of my breeders), Scott and Mindy Harn.
Their soon to be four-year-old daughter Dyllan was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I soon learned, this diagnosis involves checking blood levels regularly throughout the day, then giving a shot of insulin to adjust the levels.
This sounds fairly simple until you realize little Dyllan needs to get at least 8 needle sticks daily to check blood levels followed by another 8 shots… that is 16 sticks a day every day. If you have kids, you know what a tall order this is, both for the person being stuck and the mom who has to stick.
I couldn’t help but think of my own son at that age who needed stitches in his chin. I had to pin his arms back and hold him down while the Dr. gave him a few shots of Novocain. The entire time my son was wildly flailing, screaming at the top of his lungs, “Don’t cut me, please don’t cut me!!” That episode required a six pack of beer to calm dad down afterwards. If I had to do that sixteen times a day forever, I’d be searching for a new liver.
Attached to this post is an article written by Mindy that recently appeared in the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association magazine. You’ll read about her story and more importantly about Roxie. Having watched Roxie in action, it truly is amazing. It’s amazing what she does for Dyllan and it’s amazing the piece of mind she brings to Mindy and Scott.