Ron Santo Diabetic Dog Foundation


Hi Vicki, all is well on the Guenther front so far. Had an interesting night last night. Brayden went to bed with a BS of 144, good right? Cubby right there in his kennel, and as he was sleeping, Cubby alerted. I was gonna ignore, but I played it safe and checked and he was 91, then 70, and we couldn't get his BS up. It took us an hour plus to get him up, thanks to Cubby. That's exactly our fear, not knowing, we would not have known. He dropped so fast.

But Brayden's A1C before Cubby was over 10, he is now under 8, at one point he was under 7.5. He's a blessing. We couldn't be happier. Thanks to the foundation for all their support, and I'm still getting the word out to organizations for support...

The Guenthers

To Whom It May Concern:

We reached out to your foundation to help us get a service dog for our daughter Kayden. We were contacted in the fall of last year to notify us that she was the recipient of one of the dogs that were in training. There are no words to explain the level of excitement that we had. Since we were completely new to having a service dog, we did not know what to expect. I wanted to take the time to not only thank you all, but to tell you in our words what having James has been like for us.

James was delivered by Julie on June 28, 2015. First glimpse, he was a very nice looking dog with a lot of energy. He immediately knew Kayden, I’m assuming by the scent kits that we sent Julie for training. Within one hour, he detected a change in her blood sugar levels and alerted. I found this very impressive considering his long day, with the flight, new environment etc. Not only was he alerting to every single on coming low, but he was also alerting to her highs as well. Timing his alert to the change in her levels, we discovered he is approximately 15 minutes ahead of her glucose meter.

We have been out in public very frequently since he joined our family. He is a very good boy and well behaved when we are doing our everyday tasks. We could not have asked for a better match for our daughter. Those two have already bonded and he does not like to be away from her.

To make a long story shorter, we are very blessed and thankful for everything that everyone has done to make this happen for Kayden. There is not a single doubt in our minds that James will alert us when our girl is going to have those dangerous lows/highs that come with the dreaded type 1 diabetes. I would highly recommend The Ron and Vicki Santo Foundation to anyone that I know that could benefit from having a diabetic alert dog. The training that Julie Noyes has done is truly outstanding. It has definitely shown with James, the amount of time and work that was put into getting him ready for our girl. I have full confidence in her training abilities and I know that if we need her she is only a phone call away.

Thanks again for everything that each one of you have done,

Chantay Wilhelm

After only 3 weeks with Champ, Bryces A1C has gone down from 8.2 to 7.8.

My son, Jordon, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2004 when he was four years old. The diagnoses introduced a difficult journey with an unpredictable disease.

We met Julie Noyes and Buster in the summer of 2007. Buster was about 7 months old and didn’t have any scent training. When he came to live with us, he was a goofy puppy that was certainly a handful! Throughout the next several months, Julie worked closely with us step by step to train Buster to alert to Jordon’s low and high blood sugars. We worked diligently in many different areas, including teaching Buster to alert at school and also in the car. Julie certainly has a gift with training dogs, she seems to know what they are thinking and also how to get the best out of their behavior.

Over the past several years, Buster has proved to be a loyal companion and service dog. He has alerted us so many times to Jordon’s blood sugars and saved us from so many hospital visits I can’t even count. Julie has been in touch with us over the years to help us with any additional training or behavior issues that have come up. Her advice has always been spot on and to the point, she truly knows how to work with these dogs.

All the Best,
Cheryl Lebsock

Dear Julie:

Dott is the greatest gift ever! Seeing her alert on Charlie is nothing short of amazing. Thank you for all your time and work with her. It is not taken for granted or unappreciated. I will always be grateful for your work and intend to start saving for the "next one"...A million thanks from the very grateful "grammy" of Charlie Coffey,

Lori G.

Hank and my Story

Hi, my name is Dan S. I am a 60 years old diabetic/kidney transplant. My sister gave me one of her kidneys 17 years ago. I had a transplanted pancreas for 3 months and it nearly killed me. Because of the medications I received during that hospital stay and the 12 -15 medications I take daily I am unable to sense either high blood sugars or more importantly low blood sugars. This has been the primary reason for several 911 calls and numbers of other close calls at home alone.

My sister sent me an e-mailed me a link to Julie Noyes to inquire about the service dogs they train to “alert” people just before they have an “insulin reaction” or hyperglycemia she thought it would be a good idea for me to check out. After talking with Julie it took about 18 months to train “Hank”. During the long wait I had tons of questions and Julie, bless her sole answered them all. She also explained exactly what she needed from me to ensure the training went according to plan. Well on 3/12/12 Hank arrived on my back door step wagging his tail. I remember I was quite anxious but Hank didn’t seem to care!

For the past year and a half it has been a learning process for both of us. Questions now are not as frequent now as they were during the beginning of the process. Thanks need to go out to Julie for her willingness to help out along the way. I guess this is a process and not an event. (Like here is your trained service dog and good bye…not!)

Hank has saved my life three times over the past year and a half by alerting me by bouncing up and down, barking very loudly, his ears flying up and down and showing me his teeth. You can’t mistake it for anything else! The bonus is he is not specifically trained for recognizing high blood sugars he is able to alert me for those too!

I have educated coworkers about Hank and if they hear prolonged barking they should come see if I am OK. (Unfortunately this has happened only once.) Everyone here understands he is not a pet and shouldn’t be pet (which is difficult for everyone to do because he’s so “pet - able”). He’s become the company’s mascot!

I am truly blessed that Hank can share my life. We have become a dynamic duo. We are never far apart 24/7/365. I can take him everywhere…meetings, restaurants, movies, and airplanes. So it is a story with a happy ending! Well I guess I shouldn’t say ending because every day is a new day and I can be assured Hank will come to my rescue every time he is needed!

Even my endocrinologist (diabetic doc) is impressed! Apparently two of her other patients now have diabetic service dogs because of Hank and my successful relationship!

So thank you Hank and thank you Julie!

Jazz and Winter

I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was a kid. Now, 42 years later, I realize that I don't have the same sensitivity I had when I was younger to blood sugar drops and spikes. About 8 years ago I stopped waking up at night when my blood sugar dropped and have gone into 3 hypoglycemic comas. My husband woke up in time to call 911 and get me the help that saved my life, but all three comas were really close calls. I also notice that during the day, I don't realize that my sugar is dropping or going up until they hit an extreme. When I was younger I could tell my sugar was dropping by the time I hit 80, now I don't feel anything until I hit the low 40's or lower. The same holds true for sugar highs; when I was younger, I could tell my sugar was going up when I reach 190 - 200, not I don't feel anything until I hit 400 or higher. After my third hypoglycemic coma, a friend told me she had seen a TV program about dogs that detect blood sugar changes in diabetics. My husband & I agreed that I needed a dog. We found a trainer Julie Noyes, and started the process. I will admit, I was nervous, didn't really know what to expect, wondered if the dog would really help me, wondered what it would be like to take a dog everywhere I went. Julie brought Jazz to me on May 23, 2010. She worked with me teaching me the commands I would need and showing me how to recognize an alert from Jazz.

Jazz has changed my life. She is absolutely amazing! She began her alerts immediately, and also began alerting my high blood sugars after only 4 days. She alerts my sugar changes BEFORE they become too severe in either direction. In the 2 years I've had Jazz, her alerts have become better and better in that she is tightening my control. She has alerted me several times during the night preventing another coma. She alerts me several times each day preventing my sugar from going down too low or up too high and improving my A1C from 9.4% to 7.8% and now to 6.7%. I take Jazz everywhere I go, including Disneyland, kayaking, swimming, church, out to dinner, the show, work and even flying out of state for family visits. Now, I can't imagine my life without her. Not only does Jazz take care of me in an amazing way, she is a great companion, and gives my family a peace as well, knowing that she is here looking after me when they are not.

I am so very grateful to Julie, because now my life really is healthier. Now I'm confident that I will grow old with my husband, have good quality of life, and watch and play with my grandchildren as they grow up. That's HUGE!