This is how is how I spent one of my days celebrating my birthday. I donated thirty samples of my saliva to Penn Vet Working Dog Center. Saliva samples were performed when my blood-sugars were 50-70, 100-130, and 190-210 mg/dl. Jonathan Ball, Coordinator (not feature in photos), trains, designs training gadgets, sews gadgets, repairs them, makes training recommendations…the list is endless. Everyone that works here is content, happy. Do you want to help? Sewing, repair gadgets, give, have a fundraiser, foster a dog until he/she graduates. They even have a summer camp. Visit http://pennvetwdc.org/training-center/volunteer/
Punchy is training to be a diabetes alert dog for those w/ hypoglycemia & hyperglycemia unawareness.
My saliva sample was hidden in a vial in the pocket of the trainer. Punchy is rewarded for finding the 70-mg/dl saliva sample. rewarded.
Mo Zaffa “Mayor of WDC”, the go to guy that trains, prepares meals, walks….dogs. He’s been there since it began.
Dr. Cynthia Otto is founder of Penn Working Dog Ctr.
Punchy’s siblings rest in their cages after play, training, and walks. There are also German Shepherds being trained at the facility. Some are trained to detect ovarian cancer, missing persons, epileptic seizures, disaster relief….
1controlled and 3 uncontrolled saliva samples are placed in the spinning apparatus. It’s Punchy’s job to find the controlled sample. And yes, he found it.