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JDFR Northwest Chapter - Article
A few weeks after Gig Harbor teen Liam Kelly was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in January 2008, his mother Lisa Kelly attended a conference and met a woman with a diabetic alert dog. She believed such a dog could help give her son a more healthy, normal life while keeping tighter glucose control around the clock.

Through a family connection, she met Ron Pace, who owns Canyon Crest K-9 Training Center in Tacoma. Pace, who has trained police and drug-sniffing dogs for 30 years, had never worked with a diabetic service dog, but was game to try. “I’ve done almost every type of training,” he says, “but this was a new challenge after all these years.”
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Dog helps keep diabetic teen alive and well
health: Diabetic teen’s dog helps keep his sugar levels on track

MIKE ARCHBOLD; The News Tribune Published: 09/08/09 12:05 am | Updated: 09/08/09 2:44 pm

Max has a nose for health. His job: Keep 14-year-old Liam Kelly alive and well. The Gig Harbor-area teen lives with the sugar highs and lows of Type 1 diabetes and the real possibility he might slip into a diabetic coma while asleep. That’s why Max, a 55-pound black Labrador, is nearly always with him. “He’s my continuous glucose monitor but with four legs and a tail,” Kelly quipped recently. Max has a nose for Kelly’s blood-sugar levels, thanks to training from Ron Pace and Jarod Pace of Canyon Crest K9 Training Center in the Summit/Waller Road area.

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Service dogs can sniff out danger for diabetics
Sep 10, 2009

Some pooches are being trained to help people with diabetes stay tuned in to too-high or too-low blood sugar levels.

Ron and Jarod Pace of Canyon Crest K9 Training Center in Tacoma, Washington have taught a black Labrador to keep his nose attuned to 14-year-old Liam Kelly, who suffers from Type 1 diabetes, according to this News Tribune story.

The Paces taught Max to alert Kelly when his blood-sugar levels were too high (above 180 milligrams per deciliter) or too low (80 milligram per deciliter) by smelling different scents in his breath.

Knowing his blood-sugar level and keeping it close to normal helps Kelly prevent long-term physical complications.

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KING 5 News - Service dog learns how to read blood
TACOMA, Wash. - Ginger Malcom first heard about Tacoma-based Dogabetics from a KING 5 story she saw in her hometown of Orlando. To call this a trip of a lifetime would be an understatement. Because for Ginger Malcom this trip could SAVE her life. "I'm excited! I haven't slept. I think I've had four hours' sleep!" she said. Diabetes has not only taken Ginger's sight, it's nearly taken her life. So she's here with her dog Maggie, who's about to become much more than a seeing-eye dog. Full Article Below KING 5 News Dogabetics
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The Spokesman Review
A Boy's Best Friend
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Tacoma Weekly
Trained To Save Lives
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Diabetic_dog_training_fetches_interest_20.wmv Diabetic dog training fetches interest
(CNN) - It's a Washington state based life saving training program for dogs, and it’s getting alot of attention. One woman from Florida flew cross-country to learn more about this program, so her dog could learn how to alert her about dangerously low blood sugar levels. It’s being called “Dogabetics” by some and a miracle by others. Meg Coyle reports on this new program for dogs that may change the way diabetics deal with their disease
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King_5_News___Liam_Kelly_and_Max_22.wmv King 5 News - Liam Kelly and Max
Diabetic teenager Liam Kelly gets instant alarms from Max, his black Labrador Retriever trained to smell blood glucose levels, and alert him if it drops too low.
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