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Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation To Introduce Their First Service Dog

Diabetic alert dogs – dogs actually trained to alert before a diabetic’s blood sugar crashes or surges – it’s amazing stuff. Vicki Santo speaks with me about the Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation , and how the non-profit came to be. It turns out the Cub great’s dog, named Joker, was able to do…

Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation, Steve Dale's Pet World

Vicki Santo of the Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation is my guest Sunday, August 31, 6:35 AM CDT on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio. Listen at 720AM or HERE.  Vicki will tell the amazing story of how her dog Joker actually alerted Vicki when her Hall of Fame husband was having…

Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation

“Obviously the person who has diabetes is affected, but so is the entire family,” says Vicki Santo. Her husband, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Ron Santo played major league baseball (1960-1974) with diabetes, and suffered consequences of the disease throughout his later years, including the amputation of both his legs. Vicki says her husband…

Assistance Dogs ARE Happy, Guest Column by Toni Eames

“Assistance Dogs May be Well Cared For But Are They Happy” was the title of a controversial column featuring Jennifer Arnold, founder of a service dog school called Canine Assistants and author of “Though A Dog’s Eyes”  (Spiegal & Grau, New York, NY, 2010; $25). Many disagreed vehemently with Arnold, including the author of this guest blog, Toni…

Assistance Dogs May Be Well Cared For, But Are They Happy

Jennifer Arnold founded a service dog school called Canine Assistants in 1995. “Assistance dogs change lives, save lives, help people to live more independently and therefore productively; there’s no question about it,” she begins. “But there’s a huge problem in the industry. Too often we’re not very nice to the dogs being trained.” Arnold hesitates, then…

Service Dog and Blind Man Thrown Off Plane

Service dogs and their handlers have rights, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act – that’s a Federal law. Still, it astounds me as to how often it is ignored. Apparently, the public is generally “getting it.” All 35 passengers on US Airways Flight 4384, last month, walked off the plane after Albert Rizzi, a…

Service Dogs Help Veterans: But Our Government Isn't Helping

Chris Maddeford was in an Army convoy that was attacked with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan. He was blown from his vehicle and sustained permanent, back and hip injuries in January 2003. Now living in Chicago, this Army veteran is getting help form a new friend with four legs – AJ, a Labrador…

Can Condo Association Says 'No' To Service Dog

Q: I live in a condominium complex, and the association won’t allow me to have a medical alert dog without a certification from a dog trainer. I want a dog who can bark at the door when I remove my hearing aids. I have chronic pain and I believe a dog would help me. I’ve…

Ron and Vicki Santo Foundation Supports Training for Diabetic Alert Dogs

Vicki Santo is continuing her late husband Ron’s legacy with the Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation. It’s a very cool idea, as this non-profit pays for the training dog to detect diabetic spikes and crashes. Listen HERE to this fascinating conversation, from my live WGN Radio broadcast of Steve Dale’s Pet World…

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