'He's really cute': Boy with diabetes gets alert dog one year after scare

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A 10-year-old from Kentucky has found a new companion in his diabetic alert dog.Grady Lucas has Type 1 diabetes. His parents, Lauren and Geoff, and little brother Grant, 8, were happy to welcome their new family member in late July. The dog knows the boy’s scent and is trained to alert him when his sugar levels get low.”He’s really cute, and he’s going to help me with my diabetes,” Grant Lucas said.He was planning to name his dog Bob, then opted for Lucky instead.”He didn’t look like a Bob,” Grady Lucas said.Diabetic Alert Dogs of America in Las Vegas, Nevada, trained the Golden Doodle for seven months. Then, a trainer flew to Kentucky to deliver the dog. She spent two days training Grady, teaching him how to give commands and do daily scent games with the dog. “They just see this happy, healthy kid. That’s why it’s so important to have all these safeguards,” Grady’s mom said. “When you’re a Type 1 diabetic, you can have a low blood sugar at any time.”Last year, Grady had a diabetic emergency at school and his monitoring device did not alert him. The school nurse suggested the family consider starting the process of getting a diabetic alert dog.The community rallied behind the family, helping to raise more than $23,000.It was enough to secure Grady’s alert dog, giving the family some peace of mind. “Just not to have to be on every second. Our mind can maybe actually not be on Type 1 diabetes for 10 minutes and let the dog kind of do his job,” Lauren Lucas said. “It’s going to be really nice.”Both boys are expected to start school mid-September. The family chose the blended learning option, so the boys will have in-person learning two days a week and online learning three days a week. This will be Grady’s first school year with Lucky by his side. “Grady is going to have to be in control and know what to do and know how to tell his friends to act appropriately,” Geoff Lucas said.

A 10-year-old from Kentucky has found a new companion in his diabetic alert dog.

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Grady Lucas has Type 1 diabetes. His parents, Lauren and Geoff, and little brother Grant, 8, were happy to welcome their new family member in late July.

The dog knows the boy’s scent and is trained to alert him when his sugar levels get low.

“He’s really cute, and he’s going to help me with my diabetes,” Grant Lucas said.

He was planning to name his dog Bob, then opted for Lucky instead.

“He didn’t look like a Bob,” Grady Lucas said.

Diabetic Alert Dogs of America in Las Vegas, Nevada, trained the Golden Doodle for seven months. Then, a trainer flew to Kentucky to deliver the dog. She spent two days training Grady, teaching him how to give commands and do daily scent games with the dog.

“They just see this happy, healthy kid. That’s why it’s so important to have all these safeguards,” Grady’s mom said. “When you’re a Type 1 diabetic, you can have a low blood sugar at any time.”

Last year, Grady had a diabetic emergency at school and his monitoring device did not alert him. The school nurse suggested the family consider starting the process of getting a diabetic alert dog.

The community rallied behind the family, helping to raise more than $23,000.

It was enough to secure Grady’s alert dog, giving the family some peace of mind.

“Just not to have to be on every second. Our mind can maybe actually not be on Type 1 diabetes for 10 minutes and let the dog kind of do his job,” Lauren Lucas said. “It’s going to be really nice.”

Both boys are expected to start school mid-September. The family chose the blended learning option, so the boys will have in-person learning two days a week and online learning three days a week. This will be Grady’s first school year with Lucky by his side.

“Grady is going to have to be in control and know what to do and know how to tell his friends to act appropriately,” Geoff Lucas said.

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