Hero, a trained diabetic service dog, has been named a guardian angel after saving the life of a five-year-old girl from 5 miles away!Sadie Brooks has Down syndrome and Type 1 diabetes, making it difficult for her parents to know whether her blood sugar levels are low. So Hero is tasked with the most essential responsibility of all: informing Sadie’s parents if her blood sugar levels go too low or too high!
Sadie’s beautiful Labrador has remained by her side throughout her trials and keeps her safe every day.”I’ll extend my hands and ask, ‘What is it?'” “He’ll paw my left hand for a low, and he’ll nose my right hand for a high,” Sadie’s mother, Michelle, told KUTV. “The lows are more dangerous immediately,” she said. “[With] lows, she could immediately go into a diabetic coma, and she could die if we kept her low for too long.”But then something incredible happened.
Hero began to whimper and whine one day when Sadie was at Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills, which alerted Michelle.The two were more than five miles apart! “Normally, he’s a very quiet dog.” Whining is not in his repertoire. But he started whining and wouldn’t stop,” she explained.Sadie’s mother became concerned and called the school to ensure that her daughter was safe.
Ms. Kimberley Stoneman, Sadie’s teacher, was astounded to discover that Sadie’s blood sugar levels had gone dangerously low—from 122 to 82!While training dogs have a specific sense of smell, Hero’s trainer, Owens, couldn’t explain how the dog could know Sadie was in danger from 5 miles away! “I’m at a loss for words.” I believe that is similar to mother’s intuition. These dogs have powers and senses that we cannot comprehend.”
“I’ve always called Sadie our little angel, and I think Hero was a little angel sent into our lives to watch over her,” Sadie’s father continued.