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‘Diabetes dog’ easing life for young Kansas girl

Associated Press - October 27, 2013 9:42 pm

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A Labrador retriever specially trained to detect blood sugar levels is easing life for a southeast Kansas girl with Type I diabetes, and residents of Le Roy (luh-ROY’) are helping ease the burden of paying for the dog.

The Iola Register reports  the family of 7-year-old Kyla Lankton picked up the Lab, named Arley, earlier this month.

Arley is trained to sniff changes in blood sugar levels. She licks Kyla’s face as a warning to check her blood – a welcome alternative to what Kyla’s father says is the painful use of a glucose monitor.

Such dogs cost several thousand dollars. To help the Lanktons with the payments, the local 4-H Club has organized a fundraising drawing for which several residents and businesses have already donated items.

Information from: The Iola (Kan.) Register