Dorrie Nuttall was sound asleep next to her 7-year-old son, Luke, when suddenly the family’s black Labrador Retriever, Jedi, signaled that something amiss. He jumped up on top of her, waking her up.
Luke has suffered from Type 1 diabetes since he was only 2 years old, and Jedi is trained to detect when Luke’s blood sugar is high or low. While the family slept, Jedi noticed that Luke’s blood sugar had dropped to a dangerously low level.
“No alarms were going off, no one was checking blood, no one was thinking about diabetes, and it's in those moments when our guards are down, when we are just living life, when we let our minds drift from diabetes, that it has the upper hand-and things can get scary very fast,” Nuttall wrote on Facebook. “But thankfully we have a Jedi.”
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Nutall was able to give Luke a glucose tab to raise his sugar levels, and while monitoring him, she snapped this photo.
“This is a picture of Jedi saving his boy,” she wrote. “Saving him from highs and lows and from ever feeling alone.”
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Nutall’s Facebook page, Saving Luke – Luke and Jedi – Fighting Type 1 Diabetes Together, was started four years ago. It follows her son’s relationship with Jedi and promotes research for finding a cure for diabetes. She explains that not all diabetic alert dogs signal lows or highs overnight, but she was able to train him to work at night (while he's awake, of course). "Jedi's night alert includes jumping off the bed and doing whatever it takes to wake me up," she says. "He also bows for lows."