A service dog is a type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, post-traumatic stress disorder, seizure disorder, mobility impairment, and diabetes.
Sadie Brooks was a four-year-old girl with Down Syndrome and Type 1 Diabetes. She was given a service dog, Hero just shortly after birth. Hero was just a puppy at that time. The two were growing up together and they developed a bond that was incomparable to any other relationships. As a service dog, Hero’s main task was to let Sadie’s parents know whether her blood sugar is too high or too low, using his amazing sense of smell. Hero does special moves to indicate if it is high or low. He offers Sadie’s parents his right paw if her blood sugar is too high. He offers her left paw if it is too low. Technically speaking, every time the service dog tell their parents how high or how low Sadie’s blood sugar is, he saves the little angel over and over again. But this particular story was beyond amazing!
Sadie and Hero are usually inseparable, but there are still those tiny bits of moments when they need to separate. One particular example was when Sadie went to school at Deerfield Elementary School some five miles away from their family home at Pleasant Grove, Utah where Hero was left. Sadie’s mother Michelle then realized that something was odd with the service dog’s behavior. He was whining and was roaming all around their home which was far from his usual silent behavior. He usually does it every time Sadie’s blood sugar is at risk.
Michelle shared it with KUTV News, saying:
“He’s normally a very quiet dog. Whining is not in his protocol. But he just started whining and he would not stop.”
Michelle thought that it would be impossible for Hero to smell his best friend who was five miles away at that time! But she could not be any more cautious. She then called Sadie’s teacher Kimberly Stoneman and asked her if she could check on to the little girl’s blood sugar. It turned out that she was at 122, and it was normal. But with less than an hour after that, it quickly dropped to 82. Thanks to Hero’s whining, teacher Kimberly, and Head Teacher Caroline Knadler were able to help Sadie. However, KC Owens, Hero’s trainer was so astounded by the “superdog’s” heads up from miles away.
Actually, scientists did believe that dogs, given the perfect conditions, can still identify scents from miles away. But Hero was able to advise their parents long before it happened!
As KC Owens told KUTV:
“How do dogs know when their owners are coming home? … There’s another piece of it, that I call, ‘God only knows.'”