A man and his lifesaver

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 09:20 AM.

“I found this program after an intensive online search,” Pellito explained. “I was looking for a dog that had some training. I thought if the dog was somewhat trained, it would be easier to train to be a DAD.

“I’ve been unstable lately. I have been having problems with my blood sugar dropping.”

Pellito identified a lab/hound mix by the name of Sean as his choice, though he soon was making a rather unique request – could he change the dog’s name to Dante.

That request addressed – Dante/Sean graduated with his class in 2011– Pellito believed he had found the perfect choice as Labradors and hound dogs make the best DAD due to their acute sense of smell.

“All alert dog will smell, sense, that the body chemistry has changed and alert me to test my blood sugar or eat something,” Pellito explained. “I was looking for a lab for both their excellent sense of smell but also for their loyalty.”

Sean underwent additional training to become a service dog and constant companion to the man he will be charged with helping remain healthy.

“It will really be a constant retraining process, every day with the dog to make sure he does what he will be trained to do,” Pellito said.

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