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North Carolina families to receive diabetic service dogs

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CONCORD—Several families in North Carolina are receiving some unique service dogs.

The dogs are specially trained to help diabetics. A family in Concord is the latest to receive a diabetes alert dog.

Charlie, a Labrador retriever was delivered to the Smith's Friday afternoon. The service dog is trained to smell changes in 4-year-old Jack Smith's blood sugar levels.

Dog trainer Cheri Campbell said Charlie will help cut down on the amount of testing Jack has to go through.

“It is all through the since of smell when you go real high it is a real sweet smell and when you go low it is a real acetone smell. To put it into perspective if you took a tea spoon of sugar and you drop it into a glass of ice tea, you and I could smell that sweetness in that tea. If you took that same size sugar and dropped it into an Olympic size swimming pool she can smell it,” said Campbell.

More than 12 North Carolina families will receive diabetes alert dogs this year from Guardian Angel Service Dogs. A fundraiser for a number of those families will take place at Pat Rogers Harley Davidson in Concord. ClientIP: UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP