Dog Saves Little Boy’s Life
Posted On Mar 10, 2016
It is often said that dogs are man’s best friend, and I couldn’t agree more. From one dog lover to another, I’m enamored by the way they wag their tails, follow our every step, love us endlessly…and save lives. Yup, such is the tale of little Luke Nuttall and his service dog, Jedi.
It was the middle of the night and everyone is fast asleep, all except Jedi. Upon sensing that Luke’s blood sugar level was alarmingly low, Jedi jumped onto Dorrie Nuttall, mother of Luke, and laid on top of her until she woke up. When Nuttall pricked her son’s finger, she discovered his glucose level was 57 mg/dl- a dangerously low level. If it wouldn’t have been for Jedi Nuttall would have no idea that her son’s blood sugar level was dropping out of a safe range.
At the age of two Luke was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, a form of the disease that only five percent of people with diabetes have. We can only imagine all the high and lows that come from dealing with this disease, but fortunately, Luke has Jedi to keep him safe.
At just 11 weeks old, Jedi began training as a diabetic alert dog (DAD). He can detect Luke’s low or high sugar by smell. When the levels are low, Jedi brings Dorrie a bringsel, a device a dog uses to signal the need for the diabetic to check blood sugar, and bows. When Luke has high levels, Jedi brings Dorrie the device and waves it. Dorrie has shared that Jedi’s alerts often beat the meters. Atta boy, Jedi!
Whether at school, at the doctor’s, or in the front yard, Luke and Jedi are always together. They love each other, they’re each other’s best friend, and their bond is as strong as it gets. Extra treats for Jedi! And just as I suspected, dogs before bros.