Skip to comments.Jailed Pascoe will sniff out diabetes
Posted on 01/31/2011 10:05:05 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin
On the job ... Pascoe could save a child's life / Pic: Ray Strange Source: The Daily Telegraph
Doggie doctor ... trainer and handler Shannon with diabetes alert dog Pascoe / Pic: Ray Strange Source: The Daily Telegraph
PASCOE has been sent to jail and he's only 12 months old.
But far from being naughty, this cavalier king charles spaniel is in training to save lives.
Inmates at Junee Prison in the state's south are teaching Pascoe how to pick up changes in people's body odour or their breath so he can be a diabetic alert dog.
As soon as Pascoe learns to follow his nose - with sweet, fruity smells warning of high blood sugar levels or rusty, acidic smells indicating low blood sugar - he will be given to a family with a diabetic child to alert them to changes in glucose levels.
The Pups in Prison program has been run by Assistance Dogs Australia and the NSW Department of Corrective Services for four years, but it's only the second time a dog has been trained to sniff diabetes.
"The prisoners take it very seriously," Junee Prison's manager Andy Walker said "It does boost morale. There are up to six dogs in the prison at the same time."
Dogs sleep with prisoners and some are taught to assist the elderly by answering phones, fetching items and barking only at strangers.
Dogs rule ping.
On a similar note, let’s hear it for life-saving rats!
Wow. Brilliant idea. Man’s best friend proves himself once again. Of course, if dogs have the ability to detect a few molecules in a cubic yard of air, they can do all sorts of sniffing tasks, not just drugs and explosives.
Thanks for the ping, FRiend.
Several friends have told me their dogs detected cancer. For months before their diagnosis, the dogs would sniff continually at the spot (where ever the cancer was found). If they would have paid attention they might have found it earlier. They would sniff and no matter how hard you tried to push them away they kept sniffing.