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Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation


Vicki Santo of the Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation is beloved in Chicago, not only for Ron’s memory but for changing human lives.

Listen HERE to our conversation about what these amazing dogs do, and how the impact lives. We describe how even dogs paired with children make a difference for the entire family.  Vicki says, “What these dogs do is beyond words.”

with Vicki Santo

with Vicki Santo

The dogs never fail, and can predict a diabetic attack before any equipment out on the market can – saving hospital trips, potentially saving lives.

You won’t believe how these dogs are trained – I didn’t know some of this myself.

Vicki Santo called me Ron’s “dog trainer,” and explained how I actually told Ron to spend time in his closer with a glass of wine.

But the family dog, Joker was obviously more bonded with Ron than he ever thought – as he saved Ron Santo more than once.

And what would Ron think of the Cubs this year.


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