Taking back your freedom: Service Dogs

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Giving Back Freedom

Service dogs are your shadow even when it’s dark. We are often told people suffering disabilities feel vulnerable in public and social settings. It is difficult for them to stay confident and feel independent. Having a Service dog can restore feelings of independency. Not having to rely on others also gives back that feeling of confidence. Having that loyal friend and guardian helps our clients forget about their challenges and live a more independent life.

Dixie’s Gift to Mindy

Our client Mindy, who suffers from type 1 diabetes. shared this story with us about her Diabetic Alert Dog, Dixie. With Dixie by her side Mindy can live her life without the constant worry about her condition stopping her in her tracks. Diabetes is not controlling her life any longer. Mindy: “Dear SDWR, It was exactly 21 years ago today that I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the tender age of 10. The journey has been long, that goes without saying. Along the way, I became unaware of both of my high blood sugars and low blood sugars. This caused me to lose consciousness on countless occasions as well as almost losing my life. There is absolutely no indication of a problem. I have passed out almost anywhere you can think of, at home, work, while in the store shopping, in the car, you name it. After searching for an answer and consulting with my endo, we found Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers who matched me to my D.A.D. Dixie. She has made this journey so much easier. My family and I no longer worry if I will make it through the day or not because Dixie and her all knowing nose is right here by my side to alert me to my high and low sugar or even if it’s about to become or of “range”. She’s as tuff as a drill sergeant and she won’t quit until my sugar is back within the safe zone. She is so dedicated and watchful that I actually feel safe when I’m alone now. My girl’s nose is always right and I love her for that, she’s given me back the freedom that type 1 diabetes took away. Thank you Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers for placing this guardian angel in my life, I love y’all for that! “


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