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Siouxland family receives diabetic alert dog

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – A Christmas gift beyond words. That’s how a Siouxland family describes the new four-legged friend that could save the lives of their children.

On Thursday, the Sioux City Cosmopolitan Club presented 12-year-old Noah Dandurand with a three-year-old Labrador Retriever diabetic alert dog named Juno.

Noah is a sixth-grader at East Middle School.

He and his sister Emma both have Type 1 Diabetes, which can be hard to detect when blood sugars go dangerously high or low.

Juno is able to sense when one of the children is having such an episode.

“The scariest times are obviously overnight when we are sleeping and he is sleeping, our son sleeps very hard and having the extra knowledge in knowing that Juno will wake up and be on guard to make sure to let Noah know if he has a low blood sugar that he will be taken care of in addition to us is great, It’s very comforting,” Dan Dandurand, Noah’s Father.

In addition to being able to wake up Noah when he is having a diabetic reaction, Juno is also there for emotional support.

Juno helps Noah overcome the day-to-day challenges associated with diabetes.

“I’m really excited because he is going to help me a lot over life, like when I get to college I am a deep sleeper and he can wake me up in the middle of the night to make sure I am not going low or high, he can alert me when I am not listening to my alarms and I am ignoring them. He is there for emotional support over diabetes as well on a day to day basis,” said Noah Dandurand, Service Dog Recipient.

The Dandurands say they are thankful for the donation.

The cost of a trained diabetic service dog can range from $8,000 all the way up to $24,000.

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