My Service Dog, Sunny, was trained as a seizure response dog, close bond / he trained himself to respond to my diabetic hi's and lo's

By Turtle Latest Reply 2012-11-25 14:09:17 -0600
Started 2012-11-03 23:54:21 -0500

Sunny, named by me for his sunny ever wagging tail. He was trained at a prison at the state I live in to respond to my seizures and knows over 500 verbal commands. I have taught him more. He knows how to contact 911 if I have a seizure or if I am on the floor and need help.

Sunny and I have a very close bond. He took it upon himself to learn to respond if my bg is too low or if it is too high. Low meaning I need food and quite possibly some of that yucky glucotab. stuff or Hi meaning I am in sure need of insulin.

His reward? Besides a "good Boy" and loving pat on the back, is, depending on the situation, is to sniff my glucometer, the food, and most important to him, as good sniff of my insulin and needle and syringe, and my telling him what everything is. He looks so happy to know he has done yet another thing to help me. And he taught himself all this!

I am even legally required by the prision where I got Sunny from, to have a min. amount of $25000.00 of insurance on him thru my renters insurance. ( as if ANY amount could possibly cover him!).

My dog is so helpful to me and means so much to me! He is way more than a pet. In fact, legally, he is not a pet, but my service dog. Emotionally, he is both.

Thank you for reading this and sharing my story about Sunny. I hope you have enjoyed reading about him as much as I have writing about him.


15 replies

ConnieMarie 2012-11-25 14:09:17 -0600 Report

service dogs are great! i am on a waiting list for one…what a great project for prison to give inmates than to learn to love and care for a living object then train it to do good. i have a nephew who has a colorful background, he has spent time in that enivironment. they are treated as less than human, many have had an abusive upbringing and when allowed to do service projects a few find purpose so when released they have a skill. my nephew learned to do roofing & now works hard doing it but also donates his time to a community center to fix elderly neighbors leaky roofs.

jimLE 2012-11-25 13:14:23 -0600 Report

thats real great about the prison you and sunny.especilly you and ya prolly know by now.we have a pomaranian.she'll be 2(human years) next january.but she's partly taught,and partly self taught.she's proven her self a worthly dog to have when it comes to my mom took a fall in the kitchen 2-4 months ago.smokie was right there next to mom and in the way some what.i think it did mom good when smokie did that..any glad you have a great dog and friend in him..some folks fail to realize what good pets they have untill the pet has passed away..

liquorish 2012-11-16 13:11:24 -0600 Report

Thank you Turtle for your wonderful sharing of your precious friend. We don't give animals the credit they deserve. My husband and I live in the country and we have little strays come to us who are sick, or wounded, or hungry. We take them in, treat them, keep them, and love them. Our animals are not like animals. Males will teach new arrivals to hunt if they don't know how to, or sit back and let the new arrival eat before they do, our males will take care of kittens that aren't theirs. The list goes on and on. We feed the wild life, too. They are so very entertaining. We have had possum parents make their bed under the house, then bring the babies out for us to see. We had two racoons come through, and then when they became parents, they brought their babies to eat. They have grown so very big, and are so very cute. I thoroughly believe the Lord has let us see a glimpse of Eden. Write with more stories about your best friend. Liquorish

Ms. DAT 2012-11-07 02:34:20 -0600 Report

Thank You for sharing the story about your service dog. Just not to long ago I inquired about an service dog during an discussion. My bestie has who has seizures since childhood and I am going to share this information with my closest friend.

granniesophie 2012-11-04 05:25:04 -0600 Report

Sunny sounds like a really smart dog-and he is happy to learn new things to please you. You are doing just right-he understands what you need for which instance by you showing him what you do for each and letting him smell it, so he can associate each thing with what he smells on you before you use it. Dog noses are so many times sharper than ours. I think you are really insuring his nose-and the rest of him just comes along with it! Kind of like Lloyds of London insuring just a portion of an actor or actress, the part that actually earns them their money!!
May you have many, many more years with your wonderful Sunny :)

Turtle 2012-11-04 16:15:36 -0600 Report

Oh thank you for your wonderful reply. You are an insightful reader and member of the community. Such a good friend to have too!

jayabee52 2012-11-04 00:22:17 -0500 Report

Thank you for sharing that Turtle! A few minutes ago I was thinking of asking you about Sunny in a different discussion to which you'd replied. Sounds like he is a very valuable friend and companion.

Dogs are truly amazing creatures!

Turtle 2012-11-04 16:17:35 -0600 Report

Hi Jayabee52, thank you. Feel free to ask me in any way I can see, about Sunny. I will do my best to reply.

jayabee52 2012-11-04 16:39:06 -0600 Report

Thanks you already told me what I wanted to know in your Original posting here.

You may call me James

jayabee52 2012-11-07 03:24:12 -0600 Report

a question just occurred to me: what is a siezure dog trained to do? When he senses one coming on, does he alert you somehow so you can take some kind of action to stop the siezure or prepare yourself for one?