Thornton, CO, March 03, 2019 --(PR.com
)-- Jadyn, a 11-year-old boy in Thornton, Colorado, received a very special delivery today of his very own, a Diabetic Alert Service Dog from Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers. Based in Madison, Virginia, Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, or “SDWR,” has a mission to provide specially-bred and trained dogs for people of all ages that struggle with living with invisible disabilities such as Autism, PTSD, Seizure Disorders, or in the case of Jadyn - Type 1 Diabetes. SDWR has hundreds of working service dogs placed around the globe and is currently serving approximately 1,000 families.
Eugene, a labrador retriever Diabetic Alert Dog, has already received countless hours of training through SDWR’s service dog raiser program where volunteers raise puppies in training for approximately one year. The dogs and raisers must follow through the foundation and skill set training provided through SDWR trainers at the facility in Virginia.
Eugene is also an honored graduate of the SDWR Fallen Officer Puppy Program. The Fallen Officer Puppy Program, also known as “FOPP,” is an initiative by SDWR to pay respect to the legacy of service by fallen American police who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. Eugene is named in honor of fallen hero Trooper Landon Eugene Weaver of the Pennsylvania State Police Department who was shot and killed when he and another trooper responded to a domestic disturbance. Eugene’s work as a Diabetic Alert Service Dog with Jadyn will carry on in memoriam of Trooper Weaver’s life of service before self.
Jadyn was diagnosed with Diabetes when he was 9-years-old. Jadyn hopes that a service dog will be able to alert him when he is sleeping and in between checks. Jadyn’s family’s biggest fear is Jadyn suffering from a severe hypoglycemic event. A service dog able to get help if needed would help give Jadyn’s family the much needed peace of mind. Jadyn’s family is optimistic that with the addition of a service dog it will help make his life a little easier and provide a sense of independence and security.
SDWR uses a proprietary scent training method to teach Diabetic Alert Dogs to detect fluctuations in blood sugar that fall outside of a handler’s healthy range. Since Eugene is a service dog and covered under laws in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, he will be able to accompany Jadyn everywhere - from church, to school, even camping.
During the upcoming 18 months, SDWR will return to Jadyn’s home every 3-4 months to continue working on Eugene’s customized training, follow up training and training the human to make a successful team and public access certification. This certification can only be given to Jadyn after a progression of hard work and dedication to the SDWR training program. This training program is what sets SDWR apart from other nonprofit service dog organizations.
Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers is a nonprofit organization based in Madison, Virginia, and relies on donations to help the organization in its mission, “Until there’s a cure...there’s a dog.” To make a donation or learn more about SDWR, please visit the website, www.sdwr.org. To learn more about Diabetic Alert Service Dogs visit www.sdwr.org/service-dogs/diabetic-alert/. To learn more about SDWR’s Fallen Officer Puppy Program visit www.sdwr.org/fallen-officer-puppy-program/.