Ever hear of a service dog for a Diabetic?
Until today, I hadn’t. Man’s best friend can actually be trained to help one with their diabetes problem, unbeknownst to me. Certified and monitored through The American Disabilities act of 1990, dogs are trained a specialized gift to help their masters, monitoring a persons low blood sugar count through their keen sense of odors. I found this to be true first hand, as a home rental I oversee has a lease written into it stating, no dogs allowed. Well, this weeks tenants showed up with a dog, immediately waving a red flag. I visited the property and knocked on their door to diplomatically ask them if they have a dog on the grounds and learned that was a service dog for one of the guest’s diabetes. They showed me paperwork which explained that the American Disabilities Act overrides any lease agreement by law and is practiced heavily in California.
This dog is trained to be with its owner most of the day, especially during the night during sleep, right beside its master. Evidently, the dog has a sense of smell that triggers its ability to wake up the master or anyone else in the bed if the levels fall below a certain level – incredible! I also learned that the dog is allowed to travel in planes and trains, again sitting right next to its owner. Restaurants, stores and hotels must also abide by this disabilities act. This particular dog owner stated the dog is not really a pet, as it’s always working (like us) and treated differently.
Next time I see a dog in a restaurant or sitting next to an owner inside a plane, I will have a much better appreciation of another value of man’s best friend.