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But Why Can't I Pet Him?

Bradley and Me

Hi and welcome to my blog. My name is Kathleen and I have had Type 1 Diabetes since I was five years old. I am engaged to a wonderful man and have two great college-aged kids. I wear an insulin pump, check my blood glucose many times daily and have a medical alert dog, named Bradley, who assists me with my diabetes management. He was a new addition to the family in November 2009. I also work as a registered nurse case manager for a local medical group and many of my patients are also diabetic. In this role, I assist them with care coordination and act as a health care resource. I hope that you find the information that you read about on this site useful and entertaining, too! Please let me know what you think, I’d love to hear from you! Thanks for reading

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Dogs for Diabetics In The News - Oct 19
A wonderful article just came out on one of my friends, Kathy and her dog, Odetta,  from Dogs for Diabetics.  Read about her experiences with her D4D dog and more ...
But Why Can't I Pet Him? - Oct 12
I’m the kind of person, that has a hard time telling people “no.”  I like to keep everybody happy and avoid conflict.  So it is and has been a ...
A Typical Weekday With Bradley - Oct 11
Bradley is my medical alert dog for my Type 1 diabetes.  I often refer to him as my furry CGM.  It is a lot easier to listen to him tell me I need to check my blood ...
My Review of the JDRF Webcast on Complications Research - Oct 09
The Juvenille Diabetes Research Foundation sponsors monthly webcasts to share information about Type 1 Diabetes.  Yesterday I watched the presentation by Barbara ...
Getting the Kinks Out - Oct 04
Bradley and I had an interview with a local community news and entertainment website this morning. The weather in downtown Pleasanton was gorgeous. The temperature was in ...
Posted: Oct 12, 2010 9:52
  • But Why Can't I Pet Him?

    I’m the kind of person, that has a hard time telling people “no.”  I like to keep everybody happy and avoid conflict.  So it is and has been a challenge for me to tell people “no” when they ask to pet Bradley.  When I am out in public, I actually enjoy having people stop and ask if they can pet Bradley because it gives me an opportunity to educate them about Dogs for Diabetics.  The problem was primarily at work….

    Prior to getting Bradley, I met with Debbie, from Human Resources, and we talked about how my future service dog  would be at the office.  She had questions about things like, where he would sleep, would his being at the office interfere with other’s or my work duties, and other things along those lines.  Debbie was great and did some research on interacting with a service dog, or more to the point not interacting with a service dog.  She reviewed an e-mail with me that she put together on this topic and the fact that there would be a service dog on the premises, before sending it out to the entire company.  So when I brought him to work, no one was surprised to see him with me and they all had been given “the rules.”  But it is a totally different story, once you see Bradley in person.  He is a Lab and he loves people and attention and one look from those “warm pudding” eyes, as my friend Barbara would say, and people would completely forget all about “the rules.”  The first and foremost rule was this: (continued at http://www.bradleyandme.net/?p=1815_

    Thanks for reading!

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  • By: : Oct, 15, 2010 12:12 PM
    Thanks for your comments Anna.  Bradley says thanks for the pat on the head!  Woof!


    By: FatCatAnna: Oct, 15, 2010 11:38 AM
    Thanks for educating us on how to react to a service dog.  I don't think many people are aware that they are taking a dog away from being YOUR dog!  I don't know why I do it, but I've always tended to not approach a service dog and like you say - go "goo, goo, gaa, gaa" - maybe deep down insideI know the distraction could be harmful to the owner.  I instead will "talk" to the owner of the dog - have had some interesting conversatons with the owners (sadly some of them are diabetic like ourselves - but have lost their abibility to see due to complications - but it's very rare these days - with advancement of medicines to keep us healthy).

    Pat on the head to Bradley from me \\^^//


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