Franklyn is 6 months old and has been doing well with her training, so applications for her are now officially open! If you or someone you know has type 1 diabetes and is interested in a Diabetic Alert Dog, information about Franklyn and the application are at LibbysLovingLeashes.com. Franklyn still has 8-12 months of training left, but she is showing that she loves her job and has the potential to be an excellent Diabetic Alert Dog. She is alerting to live blood sugars of 80mg/dL and below, and will learn to alert to high blood sugars of 180mg/dL and above. She is currently learning both a bringsel alert (photo) and a paw alert (video) - as she matures we will decide if she will use one of these alerts or both based on her preference. Franklyn is a Comfort Retriever, a mini Golden Retriever, and is estimated to be about 35-40 pounds when full grown. Applications will be open for the next few months to create an applicant pool, then the candidates that appear to be a good match for Franklyn will meet with us and have training sessions with Franklyn so we can find the perfect handler for her. In order to set the team up for success, we will do a gradual transition over many months so the handler knows exactly how to work with their service dog and so Franklyn is very comfortable with the handler before placement. Because of this, applicants do need to be within driving distance of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or Lexington, Kentucky. There is no age requirement for her handler, as it will be based on each individual and how they work with her. Franklyn will be placed between June and Dec of 2019, once she has an alerting accuracy of at least 80%, performs 90% on double blind scent wheel tests, and passes the MD Dogs Public Access Test with her handler. Franklyn is a driven, goofy, and people-loving dog who is brilliant and loves to work, but is also great at being inconspicuous and relaxing. She will need someone who is willing to exercise her daily, will enjoy training her and keeping her mentally stimulated each day, and will treat her as part of the family as she is part of mine. Feel free to ask any questions or visit the website to learn more!
So today we show off our diabetes survival supply kits. Every diabetic has an arsenal of emergency tools because there's always an emergency. 💙
I used to use the #lesportsac
Kevyn makeup bag for my supplies (let's talk about more designer medical supply bags!) But that was when I was using disposable insulin pens. There is a difference of how and what you carry depending on what type of treatment you use. Now that I'm on a cordless insulin pump, the insulin I use is in a vial which is extremely fragile so I don't carry it around 🤞🏽... although I hear there's new products out to protect viles I still am afraid of losing the potency of the insulin when not refrigerated. The cost of insulin is #toodamnhigh
Now Bobo is my supply pack! In his pockets he carries my pump PDM, my constant glucose monitor receiver, testing supplies, tissues, a juice box, a granola bar, his own treats and extra poo bags. For short walks in the hood when he's unvested I carry just the PDM and the reciever in my pocket. On longer traveling adventures I will carry an extra emergency kit with backup supplies. 💙
Since I have trained Bobo to also alert me when the devices vibrate (in case he's deep dreaming of fish treats) it allows me to not miss highs and lows since I often don't "feel" them until it's a problem. I appreciate Bobo bearing some responsibility for my diabetes most when I'm in class lecturing #likeaboss
or out walking and just focusing on life instead of always being a vigilante #diabeticcyborg
. I haven't EVER liked wearing a watch and I'm always dropping things so I need some distance from the devices for my personal sanity! 💙
Don't forget to contact me if you'd like to know more about my journey training Bobo! Our FREE webinar #everydiabeticneedsadog
is on November 17th!
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Filly (placed in June ‘18) blew everyone away yesterday with a jaw dropping alert! And Maggie’s mom managed to get it on camera! (Video is sped up to fit on instagram) Maggie was outside, halfway down the block with her grandfather while Filly was inside the house and alerted so they asked Mags to come inside. At the time Dexcom, the continuous glucose monitor Maggie wears, read 88➡️ which is a good number. But they checked Maggie’s blood sugar after Filly’s alert and Maggie was actually 67 and needed juice! We have no idea how it was physically possible for Filly to smell her girl and alert through the house and up the street, but after she alerted, Maggie’s mom realized Fil had previously been intently staring at the door trying to figure out if she needed to alert - so this wasn’t a fluke. The air current somehow carried the scent all the way from Maggie outside down the street, to Filly inside. When I got this video I could’ve burst with pride because my Crouton is doing her job and watching out for her girl. But what I also love is how supportive this family is. Maggie’s aunt is heard in the video praising Filly, and her grandfather is on board and excited about an impressive alert, and of course Maggie’s mom is excited. I love that Filly is in a home where she is treated like a family member and so much more than a dog, getting tons of praise and compliments (and chicken) for good alerts. Good job Filly for watching over your girl. You make me so proud kiddo. (With this type of situation we would never rely on the dog to alert because air currents can change and prevent the dogs from smelling that far - you can hear in the video that they are not confident that she actually was able to smell that far because there are so many factors. This was an incredible alert that we don’t quite fully understand but Filly got all the chicken and a big puppy party for it!) #DogsAreAmazing #fillyfreedom #servicedog #diabeticalertdog #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #comfortretriever #goldenretriever #superpowerdogs #superdog #amazingdog #retriever #t1d #curediabetes #curet1d #continuousglucosemonitor #diabetesalert #medicaldetection
This video shows how I’m working through vest aversion with Franklyn. About a month ago I noticed Franklyn didn’t like working so I pulled her from Public Access for a few weeks. In another post I’ll go into more detail about how I’ve gotten her over that, but part of it was caused by her dislike of vests. When I first put a vest on her as a puppy she showed more discomfort than most - attempting to attack it and rip it off her body, in classic Franklyn fashion. But I worked with her, gave her treats and she got over it...for a while. She then reacted to it again, ducking her head when I tried to put it on, or even stepping away from me. Her tail also stands up stiff and she doesn’t move until she shakes off, then she’s perfectly normal again. This is not the end of the world, but not something I like either. I began giving her more treats when the vest went on, but to no avail - she still hated it. So now I’m switching over to using her toy drive. We play tug when the vest is on, when the vest comes off the game stops. She has control over putting it on or taking it off, but the game stops when she takes it off. During the game I pull on the vest, rub her back, etc. while tugging and growling and making it as fun as possible for her! The goal is to change her mindset and associate the vest and the feeling of the vest, with fun and excitement! The first clip is from the beginning of the training session, the second shows her at the end - when she knows the game and is less hesitant. We ask a lot of Service Dogs but try to make every part their job enjoyable to prevent them from failing out of training. While a slight vest aversion may not cause Franklyn to fail, it could escalate so that she could begin to not like any of her job because she is uncomfortable in the vest, and that would be a reason for her to not be able to be a Service Dog. So for now, we will focus on lots of tugging in the vest so that she can continue working to become someone’s Diabetic Alert Dog! #MahmIIsNotDumb #IStillDontLikeDisTing #PeaseLetMePlayWifoutDaClothesOn #diabeticalertdogsofinstagram #diabeticalertdog #servicedog #servicedogintraining #typeonediabetes