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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 4, 2010 19:38
  • Getting the Kinks Out

    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 the low seventies and the tables in front of Tully’s were filled with a variety of people; couples sharing coffee with their small dogs tethered under the table, girlfriends chatting animatedly, and a group of bicyclists stopping for a quick break. Bradley was on his best behavior even with dogs all around him, including a Dalmatian that was barking and begging for Bradley to pay some attention to him. I enjoyed meeting with Marnette and telling her all about “Bradley and Me” and look forward to sharing the article with you when it is available. Bradley even showed off for Marnette during the interview, by catching a low of 77 dropping from 150 and alerting as we were talking. Go Bradley! (Read more at http://www.bradleyandme.net/?p=1644)


    Thanks for reading! :)

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  • By: : Oct, 05, 2010 20:02 PM
    Thanks Anna.  I did think about bringing him but don't want to for several reasons.  The two biggest ones are I would need to have a humongous litter box for him on the cruise and actually bring some of his feces with us to put in the box so he would know to use it.  I also don't feel comfortable with having him in Mexico.  Luggae, litter, litter box, 90# dog and feces in a bag doesn't sound like a good plan to me...

    The laws are different regarding service animals and I don't want to run into any problems in a foreign country.  Appreciate your thoughts though!  :) 

    I didn't look at my Twitter account until late today so just replied.  Sorry..


    By: FatCatAnna: Oct, 05, 2010 11:16 AM

    I'd tweeted you a similar reply to your blog  - but probably you didn't see it (and with only 140 words - couldn't say as much as I'm saying here ) - so will go this route ...

    Have you inquired with the cruise line about bringing Bradley on the boat with you?  I found this link that might help you here. He is a service dog, so I do not see why he can't come with you. I've been cruising for 15 years now (yearly basis - love the chocolates on the pillow bit) - and seen passengers with their dogs with them.

    Doesn't hurt to ask - since he's vital to your well being!

    Oh and one thing to get your imagination going - check out this link for abit of fun - it's aimed at folks who cruise with their dogs.


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