Torrington, CT, November 05, 2019 –(PR.com)– Logan, a 13-year-old boy in Torrington, CT, received a very special delivery today of his very own Diabetic Alert Service Dog from SDWR. Based in Madison, Virginia, SDWR has a mission to provide specially-bred and trained dogs for people of all ages that struggle with living with invisible disabilities such as Autism, PTSD, Seizure Disorders, or in the case of Logan, – Diabetes. SDWR has several hundred service dogs working around the globe and is currently serving approximately 1,000 families.
Edge, a yellow labrador retriever Diabetic Alert Dog, has already received countless hours of training through SDWR’s service dog raiser program where volunteers raise service dogs in training for approximately one year. The dogs and raisers must follow through the foundation and skill set training provided through SDWR trainers at the facility in Virginia.
Edge is also an honored graduate of the SDWR Fallen Officer Puppy Program. The Fallen Officer Puppy Program, also known as “FOPP,” is an initiative by SDWR to pay respect to the legacy of service by fallen American police who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. Edge is named in honor of fallen hero Sheriff Sidney Francis Edge of the Kendall County Sheriff’s Department, Texas. Sheriff Edge had served as the Kendall County Sheriff for 12 years and had previously served as a Texas game warden. Edge’s work as a Diabetic Alert Service Dog with Logan will carry on in memoriam of Sheriff’s Edge’s life of service before self.
Logan was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was just 15 months old. Over the past 11 1/2 years, he has difficulty managing his highs and lows. “Logan often unable to feel his blood sugar swings,” says Logan’s mother, Kerry. Logan’s family is hopeful that with the addition of a service dog it will help make their lives a little easier with monitoring his activity and blood sugars since Logan is very active with soccer, basketball, and baseball. A service dog will also be able to provide him with a sense of independence and security. Logan hopes that a service dog will help him better manage his blood sugar and be his companion for life.
Since Edge is a service dog and covered under laws in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), he will be able to accompany Logan and his family everywhere – from school to football games, even to the beach.
During the upcoming 18 months, SDWR will return to Logan’s home every 3-4 months to continue working on Edge’s customized training, follow up training and training the human to make a successful team and public access certification. This certification can only be given to Logan after a progression of hard work and dedication to the SDWR training program. This training program is what sets SDWR apart from other nonprofit service dog organizations.
SDWR is a nonprofit organization based in Madison, Virginia, and relies on donations to help the organization in its mission, “Until there’s a cure… there’s a dog.” To make a donation or learn more about SDWR, please visit the website, www.sdwr.org. To learn more about Diabetic Alert Service Dogs visit www.sdwr.org/service-dogs/diabetic-alert/. To learn more about SDWR’s Fallen Officer Puppy Program visit www.sdwr.org/fallen-officer-puppy-program/.