National Institute of Canine Service and Training

National Institute of Canine Service and Training We create powerful service dog partnerships that empower individuals to thrive through our programs: Dogs4Diabetics, First Response K9's, and Detection Dogs.
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Science + heart = empowering everyone to thrive
Donate Here:
www.OurDogsSaveLives.org/donate/ Dogs for Diabetics, Inc. (D4D) is an innovative 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which trains Medical-Alert Assistance Dogs to alert on the life-threatening condition of hypoglycemia in insulin-dependent diabetic children and adults. Since our inception in 2004, D4D has been helping insulin-dependent diabetics 24 hou

Science + heart = empowering everyone to thrive
Donate Here:
www.OurDogsSaveLives.org/donate/ Dogs for Diabetics, Inc. (D4D) is an innovative 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which trains Medical-Alert Assistance Dogs to alert on the life-threatening condition of hypoglycemia in insulin-dependent diabetic children and adults. Since our inception in 2004, D4D has been helping insulin-dependent diabetics 24 hou

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Happy #TongueOutTuesday from #NICST dogs-in-training Gracie and Monaco! 🐶...#Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 ...
07/06/2021

Happy #TongueOutTuesday from #NICST dogs-in-training Gracie and Monaco! 🐶
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#Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #HappyDogs #MedicalAlertServiceDog #ServiceDogInTrainjng #AssistanceDog

Happy #TongueOutTuesday from #NICST dogs-in-training Gracie and Monaco! 🐶
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#Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #HappyDogs #MedicalAlertServiceDog #ServiceDogInTrainjng #AssistanceDog

There will be no TypeTEEN tonight in observance of Independence Day. We hope you join us when our TypeTEEN meetings resu...
07/05/2021

There will be no TypeTEEN tonight in observance of Independence Day. We hope you join us when our TypeTEEN meetings resume on August 2nd!

There will be no TypeTEEN tonight in observance of Independence Day. We hope you join us when our TypeTEEN meetings resume on August 2nd!

Happy 4th of July! We wish you a safe, fun, and Happy Independence Day 🇺🇸 ...📸 Yellow Neener Photography #CaptainAmerica...
07/04/2021

Happy 4th of July! We wish you a safe, fun, and Happy Independence Day 🇺🇸
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📸 Yellow Neener Photography
#CaptainAmerica #NICSTCaptainAmerica #NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #D4D #IndependenceDay #Happy4thOfJuly #Happy4th

Happy 4th of July! We wish you a safe, fun, and Happy Independence Day 🇺🇸
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📸 Yellow Neener Photography
#CaptainAmerica #NICSTCaptainAmerica #NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #D4D #IndependenceDay #Happy4thOfJuly #Happy4th

Captain America is ready for Armstrong’s Picnic this evening... are you? We hope to see you there!...#NICST #Dogs4Diabet...
07/03/2021

Captain America is ready for Armstrong’s Picnic this evening... are you?
We hope to see you there!
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#NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #NICSTCaptainAmerica #CaptainAmerica #ArmstrongsPicnic

Captain America is ready for Armstrong’s Picnic this evening... are you?
We hope to see you there!
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#NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #NICSTCaptainAmerica #CaptainAmerica #ArmstrongsPicnic

A few helpful tips for keeping your pup safe during this 4th of July holiday weekend... remember it's always a good idea...
07/02/2021

A few helpful tips for keeping your pup safe during this 4th of July holiday weekend... remember it's always a good idea to keep your dogs inside during fireworks – preferably with human companionship. Bringing your dogs to a firework display is usually never a good idea. Also, make sure to provide a safe place inside for your dogs to retreat when the fireworks begin. That's not to say you can't have some fun with your pups before the fireworks start... tire them out earlier in the day before the fun begins.

This holiday can be a scary one for our furry friends. #NICST dog-in-training, Ryan asks that you take all the necessary precautions to keep your pets safe during all the festivities!
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#NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #Fireworks #DogSafety

A few helpful tips for keeping your pup safe during this 4th of July holiday weekend... remember it's always a good idea to keep your dogs inside during fireworks – preferably with human companionship. Bringing your dogs to a firework display is usually never a good idea. Also, make sure to provide a safe place inside for your dogs to retreat when the fireworks begin. That's not to say you can't have some fun with your pups before the fireworks start... tire them out earlier in the day before the fun begins.

This holiday can be a scary one for our furry friends. #NICST dog-in-training, Ryan asks that you take all the necessary precautions to keep your pets safe during all the festivities!
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#NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #Fireworks #DogSafety

Last week our Canine Training Partners went on an outing to Pet Food Express in Martinez where they worked on being proa...
07/01/2021

Last week our Canine Training Partners went on an outing to Pet Food Express in Martinez where they worked on being proactive and managing their dogs around all sorts of distractions.

Do you want to join the fun? Learn how you can become a CTP and help empower individuals to thrive:
➡️ www.ourdogssavelives.org/foster/canine-training-partners/
➡️Email [email protected]
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#NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #FirstResponseK9 #D4D #FRK9 #CanineTrainingPartners #CTP #NICSTCTP

We hope you can join us this Saturday (7/3) for Armstrong's Annual Picnic!⭐ When: Saturday, July 3rd⭐ Time: 6:30pm⭐ Wher...
06/30/2021

We hope you can join us this Saturday (7/3) for Armstrong's Annual Picnic!

⭐ When: Saturday, July 3rd
⭐ Time: 6:30pm
⭐ Where: Downtown Clayton "The Grove Park"

What to Bring: This is a "Bring You Own Everything" picnic. Bring your friends, family, and dogs. Don't forget your lawn chairs, blanket, plates, napkins, utensils, food, and drinks. There are plenty of local businesses to support nearby with take-out orders as well.

Join us between 6:30pm-7:00pm for group and individual pictures with the NICST Historic Truck and "Walker" the Mechanical Dog. There will be a patriotic gift for each program dog in attendance for group pictures.

Let's build community and friendships - the dogs are our connectors. We're excited to see your smiling faces Saturday, July 3rd! 😀
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* For GPS purposes it is easiest to use the Clayton Post Office which sits just across from the small park. This park has restrooms and eateries adjacent.

#Dogs4Diabetics Client/Dog Team, Amelie and Harmony recently visited the Van Gogh exhibit in San Francisco and ended the...
06/29/2021

#Dogs4Diabetics Client/Dog Team, Amelie and Harmony recently visited the Van Gogh exhibit in San Francisco and ended their big day out with some snuggles. We love seeing our teams thriving together!
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#NICST #D4D #VanGoghExhibit #MedicalAlertAssistanceDog #MedicalAlertServiceDog #DiabetesAlertDog

06/29/2021

Look who else has transitioned from grabbing a dumbbell to grabbing a bringsel – Gracie! Once she masters holding the bringsel from a hand, she will work on grabbing it from her collar! Go Gracie – you rock!
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#NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #Bringsel #ServiceDogInTraining #Labrador

Pool day! #Dogs4Diabetics Medical Alert Service Dogs, Parque and Dawn enjoying playtime in the pool 🐶 ...#D4D #NICST #La...
06/26/2021

Pool day! #Dogs4Diabetics Medical Alert Service Dogs, Parque and Dawn enjoying playtime in the pool 🐶
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#D4D #NICST #Labrador #PoolDay #Summer #Pool #Swimming #MedicalAlertServiceDog #MedicalAlertAssistanceDog #DiabetesAlertDog

Look who has transitioned from the dumbbell to the bringsel... it’s Monaco! This week, Monaco has not only begun learnin...
06/25/2021

Look who has transitioned from the dumbbell to the bringsel... it’s Monaco! This week, Monaco has not only begun learning to hold a bringsel, but he was also introduced to his first “decoy” in scent training.

Way to go, Monaco – keep on kickin’ tail!
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#NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #Bringsel #DiabetesAlertDog #ServiceDogInTraining #MedicalAlertServiceDog #MedicalAlertAssistanceDog

It is with a heavy heart to share that #Dogs4Diabetics Medical-Alert Service Dog, Bria has crossed the rainbow bridge. A...
06/24/2021

It is with a heavy heart to share that #Dogs4Diabetics Medical-Alert Service Dog, Bria has crossed the rainbow bridge. Ashley shares the following in honor of her sweet girl:

“Bria was not just my best friend, she was my protector, and now my angel. On March 25, 2010, I was matched with Bria and we were inseparable ever since. The first time Bria alerted me was in our local Safeway and my mom and I cried tears of joy. I have so many memories with her that I will hold close to my heart. She had a way of making me feel safe and always allowed me to look at the bright side of my disease. She saved my life on numerous accounts and I am forever grateful for her and D4D. Rest In Peace my sweet, sweet Bria girl.”

Bria, we thank you for your dedication and service and we honor your life and legacy. You will live forever in our hearts and never forgotten as the tremendous life-saver you were 💙

Meet Goggins! This handsome, big guy is the newest addition to the #NICST family. Goggins was career-changed from our ch...
06/23/2021

Meet Goggins! This handsome, big guy is the newest addition to the #NICST family. Goggins was career-changed from our cherished community partner, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and we are so grateful to have him ❤️

Welcome Goggins!
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#Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #ServiceDogInTraining #GDB #GuideDogsForTheBlind

Foster. Train a Dog. Save a Life! 🐶 Do you want to become a part of our Canine Training Partner (CTP) family and help tr...
06/22/2021

Foster. Train a Dog. Save a Life! 🐶
Do you want to become a part of our Canine Training Partner (CTP) family and help train a hero?

Learn more about how you can get involved:
➡️ www.ourdogssavelives.org/foster/canine-training-partners/
➡️ Email [email protected]
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#NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #CanineTrainkngPartners #CTP #NICSTCTP #D4DCTP #Foster #FutureHero

Foster. Train a Dog. Save a Life! 🐶
Do you want to become a part of our Canine Training Partner (CTP) family and help train a hero?

Learn more about how you can get involved:
➡️ www.ourdogssavelives.org/foster/canine-training-partners/
➡️ Email [email protected]
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#NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #CanineTrainkngPartners #CTP #NICSTCTP #D4DCTP #Foster #FutureHero

Amazon Prime Day has begun! Don’t forget that you can help support our life-saving mission by to using “Amazon Smile” an...
06/21/2021

Amazon Prime Day has begun! Don’t forget that you can help support our life-saving mission by to using “Amazon Smile” and selecting “Dogs for Diabetics” as your charity of choice.💛 Happy Shopping!
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#NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #AmazonSmile #PrimeDay #AmazonPrimeDay

Amazon Prime Day has begun! Don’t forget that you can help support our life-saving mission by to using “Amazon Smile” and selecting “Dogs for Diabetics” as your charity of choice.💛 Happy Shopping!
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#NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #AmazonSmile #PrimeDay #AmazonPrimeDay

Wishing all dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day!...#NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #FathersDay #...
06/20/2021

Wishing all dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day!
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#NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #FathersDay #HappyFathersDay

Wishing all dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day!
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#NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #FathersDay #HappyFathersDay

Some puppy cuteness for your weekend! Here’s #FutureHero, Captain America! 🐶 ...#NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstRespon...
06/19/2021

Some puppy cuteness for your weekend! Here’s #FutureHero, Captain America! 🐶
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#NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #NICSTCaptainAmerica #Puppy #PuppyInTraining #ServiceDogInTraining

Some puppy cuteness for your weekend! Here’s #FutureHero, Captain America! 🐶
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#NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #NICSTCaptainAmerica #Puppy #PuppyInTraining #ServiceDogInTraining

Did you know that June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/ Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSD/PTSI) Awareness Month? At N...
06/18/2021

Did you know that June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/ Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSD/PTSI) Awareness Month? At NICST we are committed to “serving those who serve us” with the support of our service dogs and therapy dogs. Let’s reduce the stigma associated with PTSD/PTSDI and help ensure that those suffering from these invisible wounds feel empowered to thrive through community and support programs.

Contact us to learn more about our First Response K9 program – or how one of our service dogs can come visit you or your workplace.
www.ourdogssavelives.org/programs/first-response-k9/
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#NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #PTSD #PTSI #PTSDAwarenessMonth

Did you know that June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/ Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSD/PTSI) Awareness Month? At NICST we are committed to “serving those who serve us” with the support of our service dogs and therapy dogs. Let’s reduce the stigma associated with PTSD/PTSDI and help ensure that those suffering from these invisible wounds feel empowered to thrive through community and support programs.

Contact us to learn more about our First Response K9 program – or how one of our service dogs can come visit you or your workplace.
www.ourdogssavelives.org/programs/first-response-k9/
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#NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #PTSD #PTSI #PTSDAwarenessMonth

#Dogs4Diabetics Client/Dog Team, Kiley and Dawn recently took a trip to the mountains and enjoyed the air and wildlife i...
06/17/2021

#Dogs4Diabetics Client/Dog Team, Kiley and Dawn recently took a trip to the mountains and enjoyed the air and wildlife in Mi Wuk Village!
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#NICST #D4D #MedicalAlertServiceDog #MedicalAlertAssistanceDog #Labrador #MiWukVillage

We are so excited to share that we will be hosting Armstrong’s Annual Picnic again this year on July 3rd. We hope you ca...
06/16/2021

We are so excited to share that we will be hosting Armstrong’s Annual Picnic again this year on July 3rd. We hope you can join us as we honor our community and enjoy each other’s company!

Where: The Grove Park (Downtown Clayton)
6100 W Main St
Clayton, CA 94517

When: Saturday, July 3rd
Time: 6:30pm

What to Bring: A picnic dinner for yourself, an appetizer or dessert to share, and your friends and family – as well as, lawn chairs, blankets, plates, utensils, and drinks.

* For GPS purposes it is easiest to use the Clayton Post Office which sits just across from the small park. This park has restrooms and eateries adjacent.

We are so excited to share that we will be hosting Armstrong’s Annual Picnic again this year on July 3rd. We hope you can join us as we honor our community and enjoy each other’s company!

Where: The Grove Park (Downtown Clayton)
6100 W Main St
Clayton, CA 94517

When: Saturday, July 3rd
Time: 6:30pm

What to Bring: A picnic dinner for yourself, an appetizer or dessert to share, and your friends and family – as well as, lawn chairs, blankets, plates, utensils, and drinks.

* For GPS purposes it is easiest to use the Clayton Post Office which sits just across from the small park. This park has restrooms and eateries adjacent.

Found-it! #NICST dog-in-training, Fitzsimmons, is kickin' tail and working hard on building duration at the target odor ...
06/16/2021

Found-it! #NICST dog-in-training, Fitzsimmons, is kickin' tail and working hard on building duration at the target odor during his scent training.
Go Fitzsimmons, go!
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#Dogs4Diabetic #D4D #ScentTraining #MedicalAlertAssistanceDog #MedicalAlertServiceDog #ServiceDogInTraining #Labrador

Found-it! #NICST dog-in-training, Fitzsimmons, is kickin' tail and working hard on building duration at the target odor during his scent training.
Go Fitzsimmons, go!
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#Dogs4Diabetic #D4D #ScentTraining #MedicalAlertAssistanceDog #MedicalAlertServiceDog #ServiceDogInTraining #Labrador

⭐️ TypeYOU TONIGHT! ⭐️ An opportunity to connect with other diabetics and discuss topics that matter to you as it relate...
06/15/2021

⭐️ TypeYOU TONIGHT! ⭐️
An opportunity to connect with other diabetics and discuss topics that matter to you as it relates to living with diabetes. Bring your questions!
When: Tonight (6/15)
Time: 7:00pm (PDT)
Meeting Link: Type-You.org
Meeting Host: Dr. Steve Wolf
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All are welcome, T2s, T1s, and partners.
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#NICST #SupportGroup #TypeYou #D4DTypeYou #D4D #CommunityChat #T1D #T2D #Diabetes #Wellness #Dogs4Diabetics #NICSTTypeYou

⭐️ TypeYOU TONIGHT! ⭐️
An opportunity to connect with other diabetics and discuss topics that matter to you as it relates to living with diabetes. Bring your questions!
When: Tonight (6/15)
Time: 7:00pm (PDT)
Meeting Link: Type-You.org
Meeting Host: Dr. Steve Wolf
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All are welcome, T2s, T1s, and partners.
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#NICST #SupportGroup #TypeYou #D4DTypeYou #D4D #CommunityChat #T1D #T2D #Diabetes #Wellness #Dogs4Diabetics #NICSTTypeYou

Happy Flag Day! 🇺🇸 ...#NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #FlagDay
06/14/2021

Happy Flag Day! 🇺🇸
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#NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #FlagDay

Happy Flag Day! 🇺🇸
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#NICST #Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #FlagDay

Recently we were featured in the June, Working Dog issue of Bay Woof! Read what the #NICST Founder and President, Mark R...
06/11/2021

Recently we were featured in the June, Working Dog issue of Bay Woof! Read what the #NICST Founder and President, Mark Ruefenacht has to say about our new name and bigger mission to serve more individuals through life-empowering partnerships.
https://www.baywoof.org/featured-article/our-dogs-save-more-lives-dogs4diabetics-has-new-name-bigger-mission
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#Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #ServiceDog #MedicalAlertServiceDog #MedicalAlertAssistanceDog #D4DBuddyDog

Recently we were featured in the June, Working Dog issue of Bay Woof! Read what the #NICST Founder and President, Mark Ruefenacht has to say about our new name and bigger mission to serve more individuals through life-empowering partnerships.
https://www.baywoof.org/featured-article/our-dogs-save-more-lives-dogs4diabetics-has-new-name-bigger-mission
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#Dogs4Diabetics #D4D #FirstResponseK9 #FRK9 #ServiceDog #MedicalAlertServiceDog #MedicalAlertAssistanceDog #D4DBuddyDog

Exciting things happening at the #NICST Nylabone Training Center... we have placed another #D4D Client/Dog Team – Erin a...
06/10/2021

Exciting things happening at the #NICST Nylabone Training Center... we have placed another #D4D Client/Dog Team – Erin and Mink! 💙

Congratulations you two! We are so excited for your future together and wish you all the best as you work towards meeting graduation requirements.

Many people had a hand in Mink’s success in our program. In particular, we would like to thank Mink’s CTPs: Ruby, Sandy, Mike and Norma. We would also like to give a special shout out to Mink’s #GDB Puppy Raiser, Evan, and our community partner Guide Dogs for the Blind for helping make this partnership possible.

Yippee! We are so excited to share that we have placed yet another #Dogs4Diabetics Client/Dog Team, Phil Normington and ...
06/09/2021

Yippee! We are so excited to share that we have placed yet another #Dogs4Diabetics Client/Dog Team, Phil Normington and Gus! This new duo will be working hard to meet graduation requirements so they can make this life-saving partnership official.

Congratulations, Phil – we couldn't be happier for you two! Your #NICST family is cheering you and wishing you all the best!

A HUGE thank you to all who had a hand in helping make this powerful partnership possible... especially our Canine Training Partners, the Seto Family and Jane Bernstein who fostered this handsome boy, our incredible volunteers, our wonderful friends at Canine Companions and their devoted #CCI Puppy Raisers.

Gus's #CTPs, the Seto Family, share that Gus loves being held like a baby and getting groomed – a true Golden Boy 💙

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Concord, CA
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(925) 246-5785

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Brand new feature article in Diabetes Forecast Magazine! For the complete article online, go to
http://diabetes.org/uedocuments/df-dog-feature-0308.pdf

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Chi mi da dei consigli come far crescere Bene una cucciola di 4 mesi bo**el collie / pastore australiano, nel senso sull’addestramento, perché dorme con noi, e non è facile farà farla andare sulla Sua cuccia ( che sta distruggendo ) insomma più consigli o per tutto è meglio, rimgrazio in anticipo
I have an unusual question. My son and I both have Type 1 diabetes. Can you have ONE diabetic alert dog for two people or would the dog only be trained to detect a low blood sugar in one person? Thank you
On my D4D virtual walk
Dogs for Diabetics is doing a virtual walk since our annual walk cannot take place. I have health issues zapping my energy so instead of walking, I am proposing a win-win situation. My goal is usually to raise $500. If you go to Amazon and buy my book- which just came out on July 30th- I will donate the entire amount to D4D. You might consider making a donation to them as well. After all, my life has been saved by D4D and I couldn't be a writer today if it weren't for that fact. I just wouldn't be here. So please, consider this and message me when you donate. Thank you! https://www.facebook.com/OfficialDogs4Diabetics/
It's not a lot, but every little bit helps! Received an email today: "Your AmazonSmile charity received a $221.61 donation".
We hope you all have a beautiful Easter! Stay safe, we wii all get through these rough times with family & friends & Gods Love. Dave, Dennis & Yancey God Speed!!
Happy Birthday Schroeder
Is anyone looking into repurposing dogs for detecting Coronavirus? This study shows they can. Getting dogs to help detect COVID-19 carriers would greatly speed up drive-through testing, and the results would be instant. Also, dogs can't catch the disease. How long would it take to retrain a dog for this new trigger?
Right now #Dogs4Diabetics Founder and President, Mark Ruefenacht, is live on the Google Meet link below talking with 25 people about what their going through right now. Join the group!
Johnson is great at catching my low blood sugars and I just want to know how others handle it when their dogs keep alerting. When Johnson alerts and is right we party and then I resume doing what I was doing before. Sometimes, he'll keep putting the brinsel in his mouth. I don't want to discourage him from this but how do I make him stop after the party? Thanks for any/all suggestions. Ginny
We are so pleased to announce our short film Dogs 4 Diabetics:360 is up on all Oculus VR platforms
https://www.hillarideschane.com/ Aiden got a little story on a fellow writer's website