West Seattle weekend scene: Diabetic-alert dogs’ Graduation Day

At the Service Dog Academy north of Morgan Junction, today was Graduation Day for the newest class of diabetic-alert dogs – specially trained to alert their owners to a potentially dangerous drop in blood-sugar levels. Six dogs graduated this time around, two from West Seattle, and that’s who you see above – Ron with canine companion Spencer, Heather with Stella. Both Spencer and Stella are pit-bull mixes. Academy owner Mary McNeight says this is the fifth class of diabetic-alert dogs they’ve graduated since she launched the program.

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9 Replies to "West Seattle weekend scene: Diabetic-alert dogs' Graduation Day"

  • lina November 6, 2011 (7:36 pm)

    congrats pup! these service dogs are amazing!

  • Silly Goose November 6, 2011 (7:38 pm)

    This is amazing, I did not that dogs could be trained to do this!! What a great story thanks for sharing.

  • wow November 6, 2011 (11:37 pm)

    Awesome !!!

  • Franchescs November 7, 2011 (12:05 am)

    Incredible. My late husband was type 1 diabetic. I could not sleep soundly for literally our entire married life, as I was always sensitive to his dangerous blood sugar drops in the night. It would have been life-changing if we could have been parents to one of these amazing pups. And for someone living alone, it could be life saving.

  • J November 7, 2011 (11:02 am)

    Amazing – congrats!

  • K November 7, 2011 (2:47 pm)

    Is that Stella Blue?

  • Heather November 7, 2011 (3:07 pm)

    Yes, that is Stella Blue! =)

  • Service Dog Academy November 7, 2011 (10:17 pm)

    My students have accomplished AMAZING things in the last 8 weeks. They deserve this wonderful recognition of their hard work. Thank you West Seattle Blog for helping me recognize these pit bull ambassadors and their owners!

  • Kris November 9, 2011 (11:51 am)

    Stella, you make my day whenever I see you. You are an amazing dog. Congratulations sweet girl!

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