As the old saying goes, a dog is a man’s best friend — but sometimes, they go above and beyond to be their lifesavers, too. When a 7-year-old boy with type 1 diabetes had a sudden drop in blood sugar, his dog, Jedi, knew right away — and sprung into action.
“Five minutes before I took this picture we were all asleep,” his mom, Dorrie Nuttall, wrote on Facebook. “No alarms were going off, no one was checking blood, no one was thinking about diabetes.” But Jedi jumped off the bed and back on again, laid on Dorrie to wake her up, and wouldn’t be ignored. He bowed at Dorrie, which is his signal that Luke’s blood sugar was low. So she pricked his finger and found out that his blood sugar was low — and likely dropping fast. Luke has never woken up on his own when his blood sugar drops, so his mom and his dog are his two safeguards.
Dorrie posted a photo on Facebook of Jedi at his boy’s side, waiting for his blood sugar to rise, to show the power of a bond between a boy and his dog:
“This is a picture of a Jedi saving his boy. Amidst a disease that does everything in its power to make life so much harder, this is a picture of loyalty and love and perseverance. A reminder that we will not let diabetes win, that we will never give up, and that we will always fight for our children.”
According to CBS News, Jedi has been trained as a Diabetic Alert Dog, so he can use his keen sense of smell to detect Luke’s blood sugar levels. If the levels are low, Jedi brings Dorrie a device to signal the need for a blood sugar check, and then bows. If the blood sugar is high, he brings the device and waves instead. Sometimes Jedi’s alerts can beat Luke’s glucose monitors by as much as 10 minutes. Here’s how his alerts work: