Friday Becomes ‘Ruff’ Work Day for Many Dog Owners
Friday got off to a “ruff” start for many pet owners. That’s because June 24 is National Take Your Dog to Work Day.
Malcom Martin and his dog, Blaze, frequently go to work together at TruStone Financial in Golden Valley. Blaze is a service dog and alerts Martin, who is a Type 1 diabetic if there’s a change in his blood sugar.
“Everyone seems to love having him here even the members,” said Martin. “I think some of them come in now to see the dog rather than see me.”
Blaze received his training from New Hope nonprofit Can Do Canines where he learned to use his heightened sense of smell to detect blood sugar levels in Type 1 diabetes patients. Blaze’s skills and senses can help him and other service dogs prevent life-threatening health episodes from occurring.
“We have very skilled trainers, each dog is customized. Once we knew Malcolm and Blaze would be a good fit with personalities, life styles, then our trainers worked to make sure our dog could be the best fit for Malcolm.” said Carin Hansen, marketing and communications manager at Can Do Canines.
Can Do Canines provides all of its service dogs free of charge.