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Medical Detection Toby by sebvyera Medical Detection Toby by sebvyera

My sister Emily is a type 1 diabetic (since 4 years of age) and her detection dog (Toby) is especially trained to detect her varying blood sugar levels with his nose. As Emily is not aware of her sugar levels, she is not aware of when she is out of the ‘safety level range’, so she does not know when to take action to correct it (unless she constantly does blood tests with her needle). However, Toby knows when she is outside the safety range, because he can smell it! When he can smell her at these levels he alerts her by gently pawing her as his alert. When he is correct (most of the time) he gets a reward.

As Emily is now 26 weeks pregnant, Toby’s alerts are more important now than ever. He is the first Medical Alert dog to assist through a pregnancy. So this portrait is for Toby, as my way to show his pride and professionalism.

Thanks to Medical Detection Dogs for blessing my sister with Toby.

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Long-EaredOwl Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing work. Not sure is it a photo or digitial paint. Anyway, still amazing!
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sebvyera Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Hi Owl, it's a photo but I'm glad you were questioning if it were a painting - I kind of like that look in photographs.
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Long-EaredOwl Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
May I have another question?
What kind of dog breed Toby is? I'm diabetic (type 1) too, and I have to admit that I heard something about those dogs, but never note what kind of breed they are.

Thank you for anwser C:
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sebvyera Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
They can pretty much be any breed. medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk/
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Long-EaredOwl Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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