10 Jan A Hero for Hunter
I have created “Hunter’s Hero” in support of my little man to raise awareness and much needed funds to assist in training our newest member of the family, a Smartpup Pup! Hunter was diagnosed at age 4 in November 2018 with Insulin dependent, Type 1 Diabetes.
With this, every day has been a roller coaster of ups and downs and a lot of challenges with various sugar levels, including the ever so scary ‘Hypo’s (low sugar levels)’. Type 1 Diabetes doesn’t discriminate in age, it can happen to anyone at any time. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the immune system thinks the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin are ‘the enemy’ and start to kill them off, therefore, producing no natural insulin.
It was suggested to me by Hunter’s Nanna that a Smart Pup could aid his medical condition. Through training, the pups are trained to smell the chemical body changes that occur as insulin levels increase or drop, and alert us so we can check his blood sugar levels and take appropriate action. Training Diabetic Alert Dogs for children means they must train a dog that is unique in its ability to meet the needs of Hunter and ourselves. This will make our lives easier and put our minds at rest knowing he is safe.
We have been approved for the Smart pup program and we are ever so excited. It was wonderful news, but it is also has rules and set up clauses. We must try and raise a minimum $20,000 donation to smartpups by whatever means necessary, and once we have made this donation, Smartpups will raise another $5,000 for our puppy and the puppy will be bought and training will start. The sooner we get this donation the sooner our puppy is trained and the Smartpup team will head over to Adelaide from the Sunshine Coast to settle in the puppy with Hunter.
They are a fantastic organisation and all the dogs are true hero’s. This organisation is a non for-profit organisation and we feel well and truly honoured to have been chosen. The training for the pup can take 12-18 months but it is intense, and these dogs are just incredible.
Your donation no matter how small would be greatly appreciated.
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