Little Girl’s Alert Dog Sensed Her Danger While He Was More Than 5 Miles Away!
Sadie was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and Type 1 Diabetes at birth. As she started growing up, her family adopted a specially trained alert dog named Hero. Hero, a trained labrador, quickly became her best friend.
Alert dogs can smell when their owner’s blood sugar is too high or too low. Their job is to get help for their master.
“I’ll hold out my hands and say, ‘What is it?’ and he’ll paw for […] my left hand for a low, and he’ll nose my right hand for a high,” explained Michelle, Sadie’s mom.
Hero is one special pup. His sense of smell is so acute, that he can sense changes in Sadie even before they become registered on her electronic device that monitors her.
One day, Sadie was in class at her Elementary school and Hero was with her mom at home more than five miles away from the school. That’s when Hero became really unsettled. He started pacing back and forth and would not calm down.
“He’s normally a very quiet dog. Whining is not in his protocol. But he just started whining and he would not stop,” Michelle said. Michelle soon pieced it all together. She knew Hero was trying to alert her about Sadie, but she didn’t know how it was possible that he could sense her danger from miles away.
Michelle checked up with the school, just in case.
30 minutes later, Sadie’s blood sugar levels had dropped dramatically.
“The lows are more dangerous immediately,” Michelle explained. “(With) lows, she could go into a diabetic coma right away, and she could die, if we kept her low too long.”
“I can’t explain it. It’s a God thing. I think it’s like mother’s intuition. These dogs have abilities and senses beyond our understanding. That’s why we’re thankful to have Hero, he’s the one who saves her more times than not,” said Sadie’s dad.