KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- Mollie and James Moore have been trying to get their 10-year-old daughter Maggie a diabetic alert dog for years.
"We started researching service dogs probably three or four years ago just learning about them. It was just kind of one of those, we wish one day we could do that, but they are so expensive. It’s just beyond our means,” James Moore said.
Maggie has juvenile diabetes and needs 24-7 attention to keep it under control. Her parents knew that a service dog would be a tremendous help, but financially, it seemed like a long shot.
Through research, the Moore family learned about Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, a nonprofit organization based out of Orange, Va.
The organization trains dogs to recognize fluctuations in the blood sugar levels of type 1 and type 2 diabetics.
In October, Mollie Moore applied for a grant to receive a diabetic alert dog for Maggie.
"Cost is a big deterrent for families, but with our organization being a nonprofit, being able to fundraise for that cost instead of having to come up with it all out of pocket is very helpful,” Erin Coulter, a trainer with Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, said.
"I got an alert on my phone again from Warren Retrievers and it said ‘congratulations you have earned this $25,000 grant.’ It totally blew us away,” Moore said.
Maggie’s diabetic alert dog arrived this morning with her trainer.
"It feels really awesome,” Maggie said.
Maggie named the 10-month-old black Labrador “Sugar.”
"Because she detects my blood sugar and I just wanted to do something that had to do with that,” she said.
Sugar’s trainer will stay with the Moore family for four days to teach them how to handle Sugar at home and in public. They will also learn how to become familiar with Sugar’s alert signals.